What is an editorial in a newspaper?

Hi I have to do a essay based on an editorial and I am really confused...What distinguishes an editorial from a regular article?.......I picked out a article written by a Columnist in a newspaper where she expresses her opinions with specific rationale.......I'm not sure if that is considered an editorial???? -... show more Hi I have to do a essay based on an editorial and I am really confused...What distinguishes an editorial from a regular article?.......I picked out a article written by a Columnist in a newspaper where she expresses her opinions with specific rationale.......I'm not sure if that is considered an editorial????

- I heard something about an editorial representing the opinion of the newspaper...I'm not sure if a simple columnist's article can be represented as an editorial...so confused.
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