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Op-eds and Letters to the Editor

There are two basic formats for writing into Opinion: op-eds and letters.

  • An op-ed can be about a topic of your choice and should be about 400-900 words. They are usually framed as an argument and present a call to action about a topic relevant to UCLA, the University of California or college students in general.
  • A letter to the editor should be 350 words or less, and addresses issues that have already been brought up in the Daily Bruin.

Submitted content should be timely, well-written and specifically relevant to the UCLA community. You must be affiliated with UCLA or the UC to have your submission published in the Daily Bruin, but an affiliation is not required to have your letter to the editor published. No member of the Daily Bruin staff may write an op-ed. Final publishing decisions are at the discretion of the Opinion editors.

For all pieces, please include supporting materials for any facts you cite that are not common knowledge – preferably as links to reputable websites. Please refer to this fact-checking guide before submitting. Include your full name, year, major and phone number. If you are not a student, please include your full name and your affiliation with UCLA.

The Opinion editors reserve the right in all cases to edit pieces for length and clarity in the same way they do with regular Opinion columnists, including multiple rounds of edits and revisions to address issues within the piece. We do not accept anonymous submissions, nor do we re-publish pieces from other publications. The Daily Bruin’s copy editors review and fact check each submission, and may make minor writing changes to reflect AP style.

You can email all opinion pieces for consideration by the Opinion editors to [email protected] The Daily Bruin never guarantees the placement or publication of submitted content.

These guidelines were taken from the Daily Bruin’s Community Guide.

In My Words

The COVID-19 pandemic and national demonstrations against the deaths of Black Americans have shed light on the brutal manifestations of systemic racism. Across humanity’s collective history, stories have elevated marginalized voices and breathed life into once broken structures. Through “In My Words,” community members and Daily Bruin staffers share their own experiences with racial identities and perspectives on the current state of race at UCLA and across the nation. If you have a story or an opinion you would like to share, complete this interest form.

For regular submissions, use the form below.

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