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Friday, March 16, 2007

How to write an op-ed

For those who are wondering if there's a recipe for gaining access to the op-ed pages of the MSM, today'yesterday's NYT includes this story about Catherine Orenstein, who teaches groups of women how to write op-eds. This is her strategy:

"[the] basic formula for writing a 750-word op-ed piece (with the caution that “common sense trumps everything I say”): a lead connected to a news hook, a thesis, three points of evidence, conclusion. And don’t forget the “to be sure” paragraph in order to pre-empt your opponents’ comeback, she instructed.

Here are some other tips; this post also include useful numbers and contacts for folks at MSM.

What do you think? Any tips we should issue for blogging? How dissimilar are the forms?

Posted by Administrators on March 16, 2007 at 12:49 PM in Law and Politics | Permalink


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That sounds like nothing more than the basic 5-paragraph expository essay we all learned in seventh grade! Still a tried and true standard.
- It works in blogs.
- It works in book reviews.
- It works in briefs.
To be sure, it is not the only way of communicating well. But like black tuxedos and twin sets, it will never really go out of style.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 16, 2007 1:32:32 PM

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