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OtherWords is a free editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies. Each week, we publish a package of op-eds and columns, plus an original cartoon, and distribute them to readers, editors, and publishers through our website and newsletter. Each year, hundreds of newspapers and websites reaching millions of readers use this work.

At no cost, we offer polished, fact checked, and accessibly written op-eds on a range of timely subjects from a diverse cast of contributors. In 2022, nearly 60 percent of our op-eds were authored by women, 40 percent by people of color, and 20 percent by younger writers.

We provide these commentaries to help our papers inform their readers on perspectives they won’t get elsewhere, and to free up their resources to focus on community coverage.

We often cover politics, policy, and social issues from a progressive perspective, but we’re strictly non-partisan. Our writers include a few regular columnists, issue experts from the Institute for Policy Studies and a dozen or so partner non-profits, and authentic voices in local communities.

OtherWords is edited by IPS communications director Peter Certo and distributed with help from the IPS communications team. Robin S.C. Griffin is our proofreader, and Caleb Crowder is our outreach and editorial assistant.

The views expressed in OtherWords commentaries do not necessarily reflect those of IPS or its board.

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