We welcome your commentaries – but please heed our guidelines

Oregon Capital Chronicle invites guest columns about state issues and politics but we won’t print insults, campaigning or information that’s not fact-based

October 8, 2021 6:30 am

Reporter Alex Baumhardt won a top honorable mention in the Society of Environmental Journalists annual contest. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon Capital Chronicle provides a safe place for discussion of state issues and policies.

We invite you to participate in civil discourse that is informative, engaging and thought provoking.

Of particular interest are pieces that consider solutions – how do we as Oregonians fix an issue or progress on better care of our people and state? We welcome diverse viewpoints, as well.

This isn’t the place for campaigning, recycling previously published items or for personal attacks. This isn’t the place for Democrats or Republicans to tell us how bad the other party is. There is enough of that material out there.

Here are the guidelines for submitting a commentary. We will edit for clarity and style and do not promise to publish every submission.


  • Maximum length: 750 words.
  • Cite factual information – and the source – to support your view.
  • Provide a full name and contact information for the author who is credited with the commentary.
  • Include a one-sentence biography, public email for contact and website address as appropriate for your organization.
  • Anonymous articles or those submitted only in the name of an organization won’t get published.
  • Campaigns and candidates can save the typing – self-promotional pieces don’t make the cut for our commentary section.
  • Calling out a public official for public conduct is allowed – if supported by facts and isn’t just a personal rant. These will get close scrutiny.
  • Send your commentary with your contact information to [email protected].
  • Exceptions. There are always exceptions. If you have a compelling reason your commentary merits special treatment, email Editor Lynne Terry ([email protected])

Questions? Don’t hesitate to get clarification before you write. Editor Lynne Terry ([email protected])

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site.

Lynne Terry
Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years.