Your guest commentary welcome – but please heed our guidelines

Oregon Capital Chronicle invites guest columns about state issues and politics. We’ll keep out insults, campaigning.

October 25, 2021 6:30 am

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Through guest commentaries, Oregon Capital Chronicle will provide 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?

This isn’t the place for campaigning, for 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.

And commentaries reflect only the views of the author. They do not in any manner represent the view of Oregon Capital Chronicle, but rather are offered to help stimulate conversations about important issues.

Here are the guidelines for submitting a guest commentary. We will edit for clarity and style, and we make no promise to publish every submission.


  • Maximum length: 750 words.
  • Cite factual information – and the source – to support your view.
  • Provide a full name, contact information and headshot 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. We also do not publish commentaries by elected officials.
  • No calls to action, which would jeopardize our 501c3 status. You can discuss why something is a good idea or not, but you can’t urge a vote. They will get edited out.
  • 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 editor-in-chief Lynne Terry at [email protected].

Questions? Contact Lynne Terry.

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.