The expanded format we introduced in mid-June gives our editorial page writers and editors new opportunities but also an appreciable challenge: making the best use of a greatly expanded palette. As always, our goal is to make our pages Chicago's best forum for the energetic discussion of local, state, national and global issues.
We've expanded, to a full page, the space we commit to Tribune editorials, editorial cartoons and snippets of opinion from other individuals and publications. We nearly doubled this space by relocating the letters that our readers write, Voice of the People, to the Commentary page next door. We run an additional commentary page three days a week, with more opinion pieces by columnists and expert writers.
We're also able to add more visual appeal to what now is one of the largest newspaper opinion sections in the nation. We have more room for information graphics and other illustrations that animate the writing on our pages. Our staff cartoonist, Scott Stantis, invites you to join in his craft: For each Wednesday's paper, he draws a cartoon to which readers supply their own captions. The winning captions -- with credit to the reader-authors -- appear two days later in each Friday's paper.
We aren't finished with our efforts to present readers with the most incisive opinion section that we can. This expansion of the space available allows us to present more good writing than ever before. We hope the Tribune's increased offerings of opinion journalism are as valuable to you as they are genuinely thrilling for us.
-- Bruce Dold, Editorial Page Editor
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