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Saturday, September 25, 2021

One of the most rewarding

things about working for a newspaper, I think, is the chance to see

so many people reading your work. It's very gratifying to notice

another student in your class checking out an article you wrote. By

running letters to the editor in our Opinions section, we try to

give our readers a taste of that feeling, so it's understandable

when people become miffed after we choose to run other letters

instead of theirs.

What you may not know,

however, is that the Alligator's editorial staff (composed of

editors, writers, photographers and our online team) does not

generally get a say in how much space is allotted to letters.

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Believe me, if we had the space, we'd run almost every letter we

receive. Unfortunately, that's just not how things work. Because

the size of each day's paper depends largely on how many ads we

have, it's the Alligator's advertising department that decides how

much room each section will get.

Just because we don't run

your letter doesn't mean we've rejected it for some reason. More

often than not, it simply means we didn't have room for it on that

particular day. Sometimes, we'll run letters several days after

receiving them, so keep picking up the paper to check if your piece

has made it into print.

If your letter does run,

don't get offended if we make some minor edits. We clean up

everything for grammar and style, and we may also need to tweak

your letter a bit in order to ensure it's not libelous. We can't

publish something containing blatant lies that could potentially

damage someone else's reputation. Even though it's your writing,

the Alligator can still be held liable for it.

So, keep those letters

coming, and don't get discouraged if we make a few minor changes to

your writing. Trust me

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it to almost everyone's.

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