Crafting an Effective Op-Ed: Essential Steps for Success

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Dive into the world of Op-Ed writing with these insightful slides outlining the fundamental steps for crafting a compelling opinion piece. From finding a captivating topic to organizing your argument and writing the Op-Ed itself, this guide offers valuable tips and resources. Learn how to engage your audience, structure your content, and express your unique perspective effectively.


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Crafting an Effective Op-Ed: Essential Steps for Success

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  1. OP-ED, FIRST STEPS Slides shown to students when first introducing the assignment

  2. Step 1: Find a topic you care about What is something that you find interesting, and that others should too? An Op-Ed is about what YOU believe, and YOUR opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEPq6E0J7Sg (First minute)

  3. Step 2: Do your research Newspapers, Internet, Books, Documentaries Does not need to be academic

  4. Step 3: Find your angle Take a position, enlighten a particular dimension of a larger issue, etc. Heat or Light ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD3eHClpnI0

  5. Step 3 (bis): What reaction are you looking for? Thomas Friedman: Lighting or Heating business I did not know that = Light I never connected these things = Light This is exactly how I felt, but did not know - Heat

  6. Step 4: Organize your argument Which arguments are the most convincing Consider WHO is your targeted audience Be selective, no kitchen sink! Be selective, no kitchen sink!

  7. STEP 5: WRITE THE OP-ED On the structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sVRgdmHGlU

  8. Introduction: 3 objectives Hook Hook: attract the attention of the reader (can be large, but not too disconnected from subject) Title is PART of the Hook. Introduce Introduce: be clear as to what this op-ed is about (be specific) Thesis Thesis: state your position clearly (in one, clear, sentence) Total should be 2-3 lines, short, clear, to the point.

  9. Body paragraphs One argument/idea, one paragraph. Use transition words but make sure it does not read as an academic piece, flow between paragraphs is important. Each paragraph directly relates to your position/main subject Don t make the reader work: systematically and obviously link ideas Depending on your Thesis you can use anecdotes, use statistics, you can use I , etc.

  10. Conclusion Short. Do not repeat or summarize Bring the idea full circle full circle Can open-up to larger issues Objective: make your reader think about your op-ed during the day, maybe do more research on it, etc.

  11. Tricks from world renown experts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GkN4qul82Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAbEmdO8Fw

  12. Step 6: Revise Correct mistakes (did you scan it with Grammarly or Antidote?) Peer Review (this is a short piece, have 2-3 people read it!)

  13. Strategies in writing (1) Remember you are writing with a targeted audience in mind, and a specific objective. No works cited in an Op-Ed, you can either directly refer to sources, or Embed URLs in your text. Keep sentences and paragraphs short and simple. Each word counts. Steer clear of academic jargon

  14. Strategies in writing (2) Choose a strong title for your piece. Introduction should be 2-3 short sentences. Write in strong, lively language but don t rant. Propose solutions. Facts and statistics can bolster your case, but try to avoid using too many of them. Anecdotes and examples may help illustrate points and add colour to the piece.

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