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Writing an Op-Ed

Getting an Op-Ed published is a big deal. Op-Eds are typically considered the second most influential items in a newspaper (after the official editorials). Each newspaper generally has its own policy for submission and publication. Be sure to examine the individual website before you get started.

A few general guidelines:

  1. 700 words is the most common length.

  2. Make your piece timely so you can "hook" the interest of both editors and the general public.

  3. Write well and double check for grammatical errors.

  4. Explore getting an influential person to co-sign with you.

  5. Submit with one or two weeks lead--Editors are very busy with huge volumes of submissions.

  6. Make follow-up call(s) to check if the editor has seen your piece and to pitch it a second or third time.

  7. If you are published, be sure to send one or more thank you notes!

Remember, persistence pays! Also, be sure to share your success with MIRA; contact Frank Soults at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Good Luck!

 

Writing a Letter to the Editor:

Letters to the Editor (LTEs) are the most widely-read section of most newspapers. Getting your opinion out there can help educate the public as well as influence Legislators. You can download the LTE Template below to get started and for training purposes.

Additional tips for getting your letter to the editor published:

  1. Keep it focused on one main point.
  2. 150 words or less (local newspaper often allow longer pieces—check the paper or website for unique guidelines.)
  3. Be conscious of the language you use and how it inherently frames the debate—use words that reflect well on your issue rather than using the opposition’s terminology.
  4. Begin with something catchy: a strong opinion, a quote, etc.
  5. Include at least one new and interesting fact in the body.
  6. Close with a zinger.
  7. Submit your letter within 24 hours if possible.
  8. Stay away from personal attacks. Insults may entertain, but good arguments persuade.
  9. Recruit your friends and colleagues to send in letters as well--the more letters submitted on a topic, the better the chance of one of you getting published.


All things being equal, you have the best chances of getting published if you respond to an official editorial of the paper or an Op-Ed, second best chance by responding to another letter to the editor, third best if responding to an article or news piece, and least chance if you are just sending in a random opinion.

After you get published:

1.Congratulations! Make copies and send them to your Representative and/or Senator.
2. Recruit family, friends and colleagues to respond to your letter in order to keep the conversation alive and in the public eye.
3. Share your success with MIRA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Good Luck!

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Media Contacts

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