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How To Write an Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed)

An opinion editorial can be written by anybody! It’s literally an article that expresses an opinion. If you have an opinion, you can write an editorial. But it’s important to follow a few rules and know how to get the op-ed placed for publication.

  1. Editors are most interested in something newsworthy locally or nationally. 
  2. Make your point concisely: the ideal length for an op-ed is typically 700 words or less. 
  3. We recommend following the TACT guidelines:
    • T: Thesis — What point are you making? 
    • A: Address misperceptions — Are you debunking any misperceptions that stand in readers’ way on this topic?
    • C: Citations — Are you citing factual material from trusted sources to back up your point? Are you providing links to this material?
    • T: Target audience — Are you considering a target audience and using the right language and tone to reach them?
  4. Submit for publication:
    • Generally a newspaper or magazine will list the way to submit your opinion editorial to the paper (it’s usually a general email address). Some larger papers employ “opinion editors” who decide what editorials the publication will accept and print but generally these editors receive submissions through a separate email address which is usually listed on the paper’s masthead. If it’s a small town newspaper, you might know the owner or editor. Definitely use your personal connections to help ascertain the best way to submit your article. 

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Comments (4)

  1. EA
    Ericka Andersen

    2021-07-22 09:52:53-04:00

    Wish I had learned this so much earlier. These skills can be so important in making a difference.

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    Ginny Gentles

    2021-07-22 12:09:06-04:00

    This is so helpful. Parents can ensure that their voices are heard by submitting op-eds about school closures, remote learning, masks, gender affirmation, and critical race theory. I’ve found that op-eds can be shared easily on social media, and can result in media interviews.

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    Patrice Onwuka

    2021-09-20 11:58:29-04:00

    This is a great easy guide. In my op-eds, I regularly quote well-known people or policymakers on the topic. Nothing works like using well-known people’s own words against them or to emphasize a point. 😉

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    Ellie Cohanim

    2021-10-05 11:57:55-04:00

    These are the key to a successful Op-Ed!

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