Readers' Representative Journal

A conversation on newsroom ethics and standards

« Previous Post | Readers' Representative Journal Home | Next Post »

A new look for the Saturday Op-Ed page

Opinion8.6 Starting this week, the Saturday editorials and opinion pieces will be consolidated onto a single page.

On the page will be one or two editorials and Patt Morrison's interview column. And instead of a string of letters to the editor, a single letter will be featured and will include a response from a Times reporter or editor.

Op-Ed Editor Sue Horton explained the idea behind the new feature, called "Postscript":

"Susan Brenneman, deputy editor of the op-ed page, had been noticing that we often got letters that seemed to call for responses. But there was no forum in the paper for answering them," Horton said.

"Individual writers or editors or the Readers' Rep would often send a reply, but Susan wondered why we couldn't address some of the issues raised in a more public forum. Starting Saturday, with Postscript, we will be."

The type of letters in mind are those asking Times coverage, op-ed columns or news decisions.

To submit a question for Postscript, send it as you would a Letter to the Editor, to letters@latimes.com or by using the online form. More details are on the Letters page.

--Deirdre Edgar

 

 
Post a comment
If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.
Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In





Comments (5)

It's amusing how the LA Times takes content away and makes it seem like an improvement. What used to be on 2 pages is now on 1 page, meaning fewer editorials, no letters, no commentaries on Saturdays. When I first saw this, I thought that the LA Times had actually expanded the Opinion section as I thought for a split second that I'd turn the page and there'd be another 2 pages of opinion. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and not surprising, since the LA Times has done nothing but cut, cut, cut these past few years. Keep on cutting, and soon you'll work your way to oblivion.

Move Patt Morrison's column into Calendar or somewhere else, it's not Op-Ed. The interviews are generally quite fluffy.

It's all a part of the dumbing down of America. It's been going on for about 30 years now. They call it progress; I call it class war.

Certainly whether to print any letter to the editor is an editorial decision. However, those of us without a facebook account are prevented from commenting on those stories where comments are invited. Is the Times gaining revenue from facebook or other social networks? I am computer literate but choose not to use facebook.

This is yet another example of the LA Times cutting content and I find it inexcusable. Susan Brenneman can spin this any way she wants - this is about saving money. Pathetic, shame on Susan Brenneman for lying to the readers, and shame on the reader's rep for being a shill for the corporate bean counters.


This is the backup site for The Los Angeles Times. We'll post news and information if latimes.com becomes inoperable or inaccessible.

LATEST
this is a test breaking news post |  April 16, 2013, 1:45 pm »


CONTACT

Have a story tip?

Please send to newstips@latimes.com.

Can I call someone with news?

Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


LAT ON TWITTER