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  •  this is not how it's done in Texas: the ed board (3+ / 0-)

    signs its work, usually with some pompous variation of ...

    "The University Daily Editorial Board, without dissent."

    LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 10:06:25 PM PDT

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    •  Most papers--college or not--don't do that. (5+ / 0-)

      If, say, the New York Times endorses Obama or the New York Post endorses McCain,, they just write a piece saying, "We think he's the best candidate blah blah..." and there is no signature.

      Often, if there is dissent among the board members, you can see in embedded in code within the editorial. Some such language as "even though Candidate A may be stronger on the issue of x, we feel, as a whole, that Candidate B will better lead the country toward blah blah."

      Read between the lines, and you can see that one or more members of the board were pushing for A (based the the x issue) but a consensus was for B.

      •  Exactly. I've never seen a newspaper publish (0+ / 0-)

        a signed editorial. The op part of op-ed = opinion columns and letters to the editor by identified, individual writers. The ed part = editorials or the institutional opinion of the newspaper.

        If the publisher pushes something, you can end up with a "majority of one" situation at a professional newspaper. However, I didn't see that rule invoked too frequently when I was a journalist.

        And at the college level, the publisher is the school. At least when I was a college op-ed editor in grad school, I wrote per the vote of the board (not just myself or the editor in chief) and dealt with the administration later if necessary. This also was the case at my undergrad institution, where I was a reporter and copy editor.

        The Rutgers editorial sucks. But the lack of a signature is neither improper nor unusual.

        The plural of anecdote is not data.

        by susanala on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 08:01:11 AM PDT

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    •  That's not an individual signature (0+ / 0-)

      It's a statement that the editorial is in fact the institutional opinion of the newspaper as expressed by the editorial board. You can read the masthead and see who is on the board. But that doesn't tell you how any individual voted. At a larger paper, it doesn't even tell you who wrote the opinion (assistant editors and all).

      Except when a publisher invokes the "majority of one" rule, it is not the norm at either the collegiate or professional level for a single individual to write whatever he or she pleases and present it in the name of the newspaper. Clearly it's not the norm at UT either.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by susanala on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 08:09:59 AM PDT

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