1. The Perspectives pages should show balance and a diversity of views, reflecting the campus itself. Balance may be seen in terms of opinions, religious affiliations, majors, gender, age and so forth. This will likely require the page editor to actively and thoughtfully solicit writers.

2. As much as possible, the content for the opinion pages should be prepared well in advance. The most thoughtful and polished pieces are those that have been thoroughly edited and given time to develop. Writing editorials and opinion pieces on deadline is an invitation for regret (as many an editor and at least one adviser will confirm).


3. A newspaper editorial often speaks most powerfully with a collective voice. Toward that end, the staff is encouraged to have an editorial board that is charged with developing, or at least reviewing, editorials.


4. The authorship of all writing should be clear to the reader. Editorials written by one or two people should carry their names or initials; it's understood that unsigned editorials represent the views of the masthead editors or an identified editorial board. Letters to the editor and columns must always be signed to ensure accountability. The identification of a column's author should be in keeping with the tone of the piece and the page, and describe the author in a straightforward way, easily understood by all readers (e.g., Elizabeth Smith is a sophomore majoring in mathematics).


5. The paper should regularly print a notice welcoming comments and submissions to the Perspectives pages and specifiying a word length for letters and op-ed pieces.