Get to Know Us
OtherWords is a free editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies, a 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. Each year, hundreds of papers reaching millions of readers use this work.
At no cost, we offer our papers polished, fact checked, and accessibly written op-eds on a range of timely subjects from a diverse cast of contributors. In fact, half or more of our bylines come from women writers, a third come from writers under 35, and a quarter come from writers of color.
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 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 authentic voices on the ground — from Rust Belt workers facing layoffs to immigrant workers facing deportation, from students struggling with debt to wealthy people who want their taxes raised, from veterans to peace activists, and from physicians grappling with the climate crisis to patients grappling with the health care system.
OtherWords is edited by IPS editorial manager Peter Certo and distributed with help from the IPS communications team. Robin Savannah Carver is our proofreader, and Caleb Crowder is our outreach and editorial assistant.
Use our work
Our op-eds and cartoons are 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.
(Please note: The Shutterstock images that accompany many of our pieces are not included by this license. They require separate licensing from Shutterstock.)
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.
Support Our Work
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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