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Meet the Star’s editorial board

Bruce Campion-Smith


Bruce Campion-Smith is the editor of the Star’s editorial page. Most recently responsible for the accuracy and integrity of Toronto Star journalism as Public Editor, Bruce previously worked in the Ottawa bureau covering federal politics and policy and events on Parliament Hill. He has travelled with prime ministers to global summits such as G20 and G8 meetings, covered six federal elections and, on the international scene, the White House and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also worked as assistant city editor, editorial writer, transportation reporter and general assignment reporter. He holds a commercial pilot licence and has written four books on aviation.

Scott Colby


Scott Colby has been the Star’s oped page editor since May 2016. He joined the Star in 1998 and has held many positions, including front page editor, city news assignment editor and parenting columnist. He has also worked at the Hamilton Spectator, Southam News Parliamentary Bureau, Kingston Whig-Standard, Thunder Bay’s Chronicle-Journal and the London Free Press. He holds a history degree from the University of Western Ontario. He co-wrote with NHL hockey dad Karl Subban the national bestselling book, How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life.

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As for style and approach, please keep these points in mind:

Be topical. Make clear near the beginning of the piece why you’re writing it now. Does your argument relate to something in the news? Does it expose a trend? The answer to the question “Why now?” should be evident.

Be fair. Don’t ignore your opponents’ point of view or mischaracterize it. Don’t engage with only the flimsiest counter-arguments. Don’t demonize or diminish those you’re criticizing. Imagine what the smartest critic might say about your piece and take those arguments on — that’s where things get interesting and illuminating.

Keep your audience in mind. Remember that you’re not writing for your classmates, your colleagues, your friends. You’re writing for a general audience. Assume your reader is intelligent but not necessarily knowledgeable on the issue. Provide enough context so a person who knows nothing about the subject can understand your argument and why it matters. Don’t use jargon or overly obscure or formal language.

Add to the conversation. If the topic of your piece has already been widely discussed in the media, make sure you’re adding new information or a new line of argument to the conversation.

Stick to the word limit. For us, that’s about 725 words, which is longer than at most newspapers. Word limits are not arbitrary and won’t be ignored even for exceptional pieces. Space in print — and attention spans online — are finite. More can be said in 700 words than one might think.