Op-eds are short opinion pieces written for local or national publications. Writing an op-ed piece is an excellent way to present your views on child-related issues to a wider audience. Here are a few tips on how to write a convincing op-ed piece:
- Op-ed pieces should be submitted to a publication that will reach the desired audience, be it a community newsletter, a local newspaper, or a national news syndicate. Direct your argument toward your target audience, and write in a style that will resonate with these readers.
- Make one point only. State this point at the beginning of your piece, support it with up-to-date statistics, anecdotes, or other forms of evidence, and then close by stating your point again and proposing a route of action. Don’t waver on your position.
- Make your writing clear, concise, persuasive, and engaging. Avoid clichés.
- Don’t assume that your readers are already versed in your topic. Provide explanations and background information where necessary and avoid jargon.
- Follow the submission requirements for the publication to which you are submitting your op-ed. These requirements – including word counts, formatting, and submission deadlines – can usually be found on the publication’s website. Submit your op-ed piece with a cover letter including all contact information, any bio material that you want printed along with your name, and a statement on why your topic is timely and relevant.
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