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How to submit an Op-Ed

 

In an op-ed, state your conclusion first. Make your strongest point right up front, and then spend the rest of the op-ed supporting your point with facts and anecdotal information.

Points to Remember:

Get to the point in the first paragraph.

Focus on one issue or idea and be brief. 

Be timely and controversial, while at the same time be pragmatic and the voice of reason.

Be personal and conversational.

Provide insight, understanding: Educate the reader. 

Near the end, clearly re-state your position and issue a call to action. 

Use clear and direct language. 

Emphasize active verbs. 

Avoid clichés and jargon. 

Appeal to the average reader.

Write 750 double-spaced words or less (fewer is always better). 

Include a brief bio, along with your phone number, email address, and mailing address at the bottom.