CBC Opinion FAQ

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

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

Why is CBC News doing opinion?

The Opinion section is intended to bring voices from CBC's audience across the country together in one place, and to help develop and showcase a wide range of commentary. Our goal is to give the audience access to competing ideas and perspectives which complement CBC's 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 CBC News analysis pieces. Opinion pieces offer 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 our editors to review. We prefer that columns be topical, not written in the first person unless it's unavoidable due to the subject matter or focus, and have a word count of 500 to 700 words. Pitches must be original work that has not been published elsewhere.

Each opinion column must stand independently, laying out the author's point of view and supporting arguments. CBC does not accept rebuttals or critiques of published columns, but we do welcome pitches for opinion columns expressing a different point of view regarding topics already covered by other authors.

An editor will 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. 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.