Opinion Policies

Opinion policy: The purpose of the opinion section is to encourage civil public discourse by publishing opinions based on research and facts that articulate the writer’s own purpose. This can be accomplished through four methods: columns, guest columns, letters to the editor and editorials. Opinions expressed in columns and letters to the editor are those of the author(s) and do not represent the opinion of the institution, which is a protected right under the First Amendment. Each piece that is published undergoes a thorough editing process to deem if it’s worthy of publication (from content to quality of writing). 

Feedback policy: If you have a grievance concerning the merit or content of any opinion piece, please contact Opinion Editor Peyton Hamel (peyton.hamel@iowastatedaily.com). If the grievance involves a change in language or the quality of a source, the opinion editor will discuss the grievance with the writer and may make appropriate edits.

Updated on 10/7/2020

Column policy: Columns are hyper-specific to opinion and are written by only columnists employed by the Iowa State Daily. Columnists are unique because they have a specific writing day and only publish on those writing days. Each column undergoes a thorough editing process ensuring the integrity of the writer, and their claim is maintained while remaining research-based and respectful. 

Columns may be submitted from community members. These are labelled as “Guest Columns.” These contain similar research-based content and need to be at least 400 words in length. The following requirements should be met: first and last name, email and relation or position to Iowa State. Emails must be tied to the submitted guest column or it will not be accepted or published. Pseudonyms are prohibited and the writer will be banned from submissions.

Updated on 10/7/2020

Letter to the Editor policy: Letters to the Editor are short opinion pieces submitted to the editor from community members. Letters generally consist of more campus- or community-related content than guest columns. The Iowa State Daily encourages discussion but does not guarantee a letter’s publication. The following requirements should be met: first and last name, email, affiliation to Iowa State, minimum word count of 150 words and maximum of 500 words. The letter should be submitted in a Word document (PDFs cannot be converted) or respective text box. Emails must be tied to the submitted letter or it will not be accepted or published. Pseudonyms are prohibited and the writer will be banned from submissions. Any accepted submission will be edited only to the extent in compliance with Associated Press style guidelines. The voice of the writer will not be interrupted, but the voice of the writer must be respectful and inclusive to promote public discussion. 

Updated on 10/7/2020

Editorial Board policy: Editorials are longer opinion pieces that are written by a group of community members recruited across campus who address relevant issues on a local, national and international level. Editorials are research-based. The purpose of the Editorial Board is to promote discussion concerning relevant issues in the community while advising on possible solutions. Topics are chosen via relevancy and interests of the members, which are then discussed by the Editorial Board in order to reach a general consensus concerning the topic or issue.  

Feedback policy: If you have a grievance concerning the content or argument of the Editorial Board, please contact either Opinion Editor Peyton Hamel (peyton.hamel@iowastatedaily.com) or the Editorial Board as a whole (editorialboard@iowastatedaily.com). 

Those wanting to respond to editorials can also submit a letter to the editor through the Iowa State Daily website or by emailing the letter to Opinion Editor Peyton Hamel (peyton.hamel@iowastatedaily.com) or Editor-in-Chief Sage Smith (sage.smith@iowastatedaily.com).  
 
Updated on 10/7/2020  

Who’s all on the Editorial Board?:

Peyton Hamel

Ashley Tibbs

Seth Pierce

Logan Metzger

Sage Smith

McKenzie McCray

Megan Hellman

Jake Brown

Updated on 10/7/2020

Editorial: Opinion section debriefed