Get to Know Us
OtherWords is a free editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank.
Each week, we publish a handful of publication-ready op-eds and columns, plus an original cartoon, and distribute them to readers, editors, and publishers through our website and newsletter. These pieces are re-published by hundreds of small and medium-sized newspapers in the United States, as well as by dozens of news sites. All told, our work reaches millions of readers each year in the heartland communities often overlooked by traditional national media.
We cover politics, policy, and social issues from a progressive perspective, but we’re strictly non-partisan. Our writers include regular columnists Jill Richardson and Jim Hightower, issue experts from the Institute for Policy Studies and a dozen or so partner non-profits, and ordinary folks from all over with opinions to share.
OtherWords is edited by IPS editorial manager Peter Certo and distributed with help from the IPS communications team. Caleb Crowder is our outreach and editorial assistant.
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Our work is completely free to read and re-publish. We encourage newspapers and online outlets to syndicate whatever they like from our website. All we ask is that you credit the author and include a simple attribution to OtherWords.
If you’re an editor, you can get our work straight off our website, or sign up for our newsletter to get it in your inbox every Wednesday. You can get more info at our Syndicate page.
We license our content through Creative Commons, using an “Attribution-No Derivatives Work” license. This allows others to share the content, but requires attribution and does not allow for derivative works (others may not alter, transform, or build upon the work). We believe this protects the interests of our writers while allowing for the maximum flexibility in distributing content.
Get in Touch
We love to hear from editors who run our work. If you have questions or feedback about our work, or even just want to say hello and let us know you’re running our commentaries, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in writing for OtherWords, please check out the writer’s guidelines on our Submissions page.
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OtherWords is funded entirely by non-profit foundations and individual donors. We don’t take a dime from governments, corporate sponsors, or political parties or campaigns.
Like many media organizations, we want to empower readers to become better informed and more engaged citizens. We view our unique role as connecting heartland readers with perspectives and voices they might not otherwise get to hear.
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