The Editorial Board

About the Editorial Board

Since The Crimson Editorial Board's founding in 1911, Crimson content has been divided into two worlds: news and editorial. We take great pains to ensure that editorial content and news coverage are completely independent. Internally, this separation is referred to as the “news-editorial wall.”

Staff Editorials

Staff editorials appear under the “The Crimson Editorial Board” byline and represent the majority view of the Editorial Board. Three times per week, the two Editorial Chairs hold meetings where Crimson editors who have committed to regular attendance decide which topics to write about and what opinions to publish on those topics. The Editorial Chairs, as well as the President, have the final say on all published staff editorials.

Occasionally, The Crimson Editorial Board is divided about the opinion expressed in a staff editorial. In these cases, dissenting board members have the opportunity to write a dissent.


In addition to our unsigned staff editorials, we publish several types of signed opinion pieces, including columns, op-eds, and various types of art, including editorial cartoons. We welcome submissions from the entire Harvard community. Op-eds and columns do not reflect the views of The Crimson's Editorial Board. We give our writers free reign in choosing their topics, valuing clarity and originality over the particular content of the argument itself.

We particularly encourage op-ed submissions from individual writers who may have a particular connection to the topic about which they are writing. Except in highly unusual cases, we require that op-eds be signed by individuals, and we will not accept for publication articles that have been authored under a pseudonym or by an organization as a whole. We also will not accept for publication op-eds that are explicitly written in response to previously published content. Direct responses to Editorial content fall under the category of letters to the editor.

Op-eds may be submitted via email to If your op-ed is chosen for publication, you will hear back from our op-ed editors within three business days.


The Crimson has several editorial columnists, who write bi-weekly columns. Though some columnists are also Crimson editors, most are not. In selecting columnists each semester, the Editorial Board attempts to select a broad range of themes and opinions. Columnists are asked to focus on a particular issue. Common topics include Harvard undergraduate life, national politics, and personal identity. Harvard students interested in writing a column for The Crimson are encouraged to contact before the start of a semester for the application.

Editorial Cartoons

The Crimson also has several editorial cartoonists who are given space for a weekly cartoon. Cartoonists are not limited in the scope of what they can draw. We also occasionally publish the cartoons of guest cartoonists. Artists interested in drawing a cartoon for The Crimson should contact

Letters to the Editor

The Editorial Board highly values responses to all our published opinions in addition to comments and responses to other Crimson content. Letters to the editor are rarely more than 300 words and must be signed by the author or authors. We do not accept letters to the editor from organizations or anonymous writers. Letters that are brief and timely (and perhaps witty or humorous) are more likely to be published. Letters to the editor should be submitted to


The Harvard Crimson is committed to accuracy in its reporting. Should an editorial piece make a factual error or misrepresent the view of an individual or organization, please contact, and we will publish a correction when circumstances warrant one.