Meghan Daum
Op-Ed, explained

TO SOME READERS, the Op-Ed page is a bit mysterious. I'll be at a cocktail party, or in the bleachers at a Little League game, and the guy next to me will begin asking questions about just what it is we're trying to do, and how we get it done. Who are the writers who appear on the page? Are they speaking for themselves or the paper? How many articles come in every day, and how are they selected — and by whom? What are the criteria by which they're judged? I'm generally happy to talk about these subjects ad nauseam. But this week, with the move of the opinion pages from the California section to Section A, we decided we'd like to try to answer some of these...