Op-Eds & Letters to the Editor

Opinion-Editorial (Op-Ed) pieces

Op-Ed submissions can be an effective way to communicate your work, research or professional opinions while initiating or adding to an existing debate.

The following guidelines are common to most publications:

  • 800 words or less
  • credentials should be clearly stated (full name and contact information)
  • no email attachments (send content within the body of an email)
  • specify “Op-Ed submission” in subject line
  • submissions should be as argumentative as possible
  • Op-Eds that anticipate news developments such as conferences and court decisions are especially valuable
  • media reserve the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution
  • submissions need to be exclusive to one media outlet (do not approach a second until you’ve been declined from the first)
  • writers whose submissions are considered for publication are generally notified within one to two weeks

Please note: As per the PHC Media Relations Policy, if you are representing Providence Health Care in your submission please coordinate this with Communications & Public Affairs first. We can review your submission to ensure that it is consistent with all available information, and provide feedback in regard to the specific media outlet’s submission requirements.

If you are making a personal submission (without referencing PHC), Communications & Public Affairs would appreciate the heads up so we can anticipate potential media follow-up.

Letters to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor is your opportunity to comment on news or opinions expressed within a particular newspaper.

The following guidelines are common to most publications:

  • be as brief as possible (250 words or less)
  • credentials should be clearly stated (full name and contact information)
  • no email attachments (send content within the body of an email)
  • specify “Letter to the Editor” in subject line
  • media reserve the right to edit, condense or reject any contribution
  • submissions need to be exclusive to one media outlet (do not approach a second until you’ve been declined from the first)
  • writers are only contacted if their submission is being considered for publication
  • open letters addressed to third parties are typically not published

Please note: As per the PHC Media Relations Policy, if you are representing Providence Health Care in your submission please coordinate this with Communications & Public Affairs first. We can review your submission to ensure that it is consistent with all available information, and provide feedback in regard to the specific media outlet’s submission requirements.

If you are making a personal submission (without referencing PHC), Communications & Public Affairs would appreciate the heads up so we can anticipate potential media follow-up.