Aug 11, 2014

How does the Register choose its columnists?

How does the Register evaluate readership of its editorial columnists? What factors are considered in selecting these columnists? Vince on the west side

The Register seeks a balance from among a wide variety of choices provided by national syndicates, including George Will, Leonard Pitts and Kathleen Parker, all Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists. The Register's managing editor, Matt Westerhold, also continues the newspaper's tradition publishing a Sunday editor's column on the editorial page.

Guests columns from readers and leaders in the community also are published frequently on the opinion page.

The newspaper also provides readers a forum on the editorial page and a wide variety of opinion blogs written by readers at Everyone who reads the Register is invited also to participate at the readers comment section below each news article and opinions published by the newspaper.

The Mailbag is a daily feature on Each weekday at noon, we will post one question from a reader and answer it. To ask a question, send a letter to The Mailbag at 314 W. Market St., or email Please include your first name and a location in the email, e.g. “John from Decatur Street."



Yes, but how does The Register evaluate the readership of its editorial columnists, and what factors are considered in selecting these columnists?

yea right

how well they do at kiddie coral..they also hire some from head start..just to make sure wording and spelling is up to par..

The Answer Person

You mean they get those kiddies off of a reef made of "coral" in the ocean?

LOL "just to make sure wording and spelling up is to par"!

Let's try this:

How well they do at Kiddie Corral...they also hire some from Headstart...just to make sure wording and spelling ARE up to par.

There are more grammar problems here, but...oh never mind. LOL!

yea right

yea that is what happens when your glasses break..and server joint ppain


Evaluating readership of editorials would be tough to measure wouldn't it? You can count the number of papers sold, but how would you know which articles each subscriber reads in a print version? You can't track it, as you could with an online version.

As to your 2nd question, Matt already answered it in his first response. They seek balanced coverage from prize-winning writers.

Although I'm a Dem, I applaud the Register for printing editorials from both across the political spectrum. It will hopefully encourage more conservatives to learn how to read, instead of relying on getting their news spoonfed to them via television.

AJ Oliver

Well, I'm a tad biased, but would like to see more progressives such as Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Dean Baker, David Sirota & Naomi Klein.
And thanks to the Register for publishing my scribblings too. At least I was WAAAY more correct on the 2003 Iraq War than George Will was.
And the person who was MOST RIGHT about Iraq was Rev. Rufus Sanders. If they Register would re-print a few of his pieces, we'd all learn how he nailed it.

Licorice Schtick

AJ's got some pretty good bragging rights; his letters to the editor have been published all over the country.

Sanders won me over a long time ago, in the Fall of 2000, I think, with "The System Eats Ralph Nader." Wow, did he nail that one.


I don't know if I'm right, but would bet the the Sandusky Register received complaints stating that their published articles showed bias because climate change was included in some.


You can't tell how a column is doing in the print edition (unless, of course, you get feedback which I suspect is rare in that context), but you can sure tell what columns are or are not popular online!

I disagree, however, that The Register publishes a broad spectrum of viewpoints. The vast majority of columns are from the left or the far left. While Lew Rockwell might be a little much for most, has The Register ever looked into publishing columns from Chuck Baldwin? Frank Salvato?

Dr. Information

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There was a time when many newspapers were unabashedly supportive of one side of the political spectrum or the other; even to the point of having "Democrat" or "Republican" in their name. Of course, today our media is much too sophisticated to promote such blatant practices; rather bias is more subtle, but no less strong.

The columnists a paper chooses is just one measure of their political bias. Another is the stories they choose to cover - and more important, the stories they don't cover! Another is the headlines and subtitles they employ, which can easily bias a story one way or the other.

This is where an educated and inquisitive readership is so important, something I see lacking more and more today. This reflects itself in many of the comments one sees on these pages. Rather than a reasoned argument or facts, we have name-calling and slurs if someone doesn't agree with you. In many ways this is more frightening than a biased media.

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The Hero Zone

I especially agree with your last paragraph!