About us

THE FIVE W’S

OtherWords distributes progressive commentaries and cartoons that empower readers to become more engaged citizens.

Our publication-ready columns, op-eds, and cartoons are available free of charge, as long as the author(s) and OtherWords are cited as the source for this work.

About 1,700 newspaper and online editors subscribe to our weekly newsletter, along with hundreds of other independent-minded readers. Most of the outlets that subscribe are small dailies and weeklies in America’s heartland. We’ve found that at least 345 newspapers run our work regularly or from time to time. They have a combined circulation of more than 7 million. We’re also in dozens of websites.

Formerly known as Minuteman Media, OtherWords became part of the Institute for Policy Studies in 2010. Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor. Please direct pitches or questions to her via email: OtherWords [at] ips-dc.org

OUR HISTORY

William A. Collins, a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut, founded Minuteman Media in 1998. He remains one of this syndicate’s weekly columnists, but in 2010, the Institute for Policy Studies took over its management and renamed the editorial service OtherWords.

IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power. You can also just call it a progressive think tank.

IPS and OtherWords are nonprofit organizations. We rely on grants from foundations and tax-deductible contributions from individuals. If you would like to contribute, please make an online tax-deductible donation or contact us at [email protected] for more information.

INTERNS

OtherWords interns assist with the editorial process, document the service’s hits across the nation, and distribute clips to the non-profit organizations whose voices we help amplify in the national conversation. Interns also write blog posts and op-eds, pitch in with fundraising efforts, and assist with outreach to media outlets. Applicants should be progressive news junkies with at least one year of journalism experience or be able to demonstrate their potential to help bring opinion pieces up to newsroom standards. They must be good at meeting deadlines, great at catching typos, and comfortable dealing with a wide range of economic, environmental, and military issues.

Internship terms vary in accordance with availability. Longer-term commitments are preferred. Ideally, they span at least three months. Here are the usual terms:
Winter (Jan-April) | Summer (May-August) | Fall (September-December)

Application instructions are on the IPS website