CBC Opinion FAQ

What you need to know about CBC's online Opinion coverage.

Why is CBC News doing opinion?

Opinion isn't new to the CBC — we've offered it in different forms on radio and television for decades, and many of our regional websites run opinion pieces written by members of our audience. This section is intended to bring those voices together in one place, and to help develop and showcase a wide range of commentary from across the country. Our goal is to give the audience access to competing ideas which will complement our news coverage and provide additional insight.

What is the difference between analysis and opinion?

Good journalism does more than report facts; it also provides context. Our journalists will continue to bring their own experiences, knowledge and insight to bear on analysis pieces. Opinion pieces, though, go further; there is more latitude for the writer to be definitive about which side of a particular argument deserves support. However, engaging in this way should not spark questions about the independence and impartiality of CBC News journalism. So every opinion column will be clearly labelled to prevent confusion, and anyone who writes opinion for CBC News will not be involved in our traditional news coverage.

Who can send in a submission?

If you're interested in writing an opinion column for CBC, you can send a pitch to opinion@cbc.ca for one of our editors to review. We prefer that columns be topical, not written in first person unless it's unavoidable due to the subject matter or focus, and have a word count of 500 to 700 words. They must be original work that has not been published elsewhere. We'll contact you if CBC wants to pursue your pitch. We also encourage writers and people reading opinion columns to participate in the comment section attached to published submissions.

How do you disclose conflicts of interest?

Anyone writing opinion for CBC News is asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. To help them along, when they're contacted by our editors they'll be sent a disclosure form with a series of questions. Editors will then determine which conflicts need to be brought to a reader's attention in the author's bio field when the submission is published.