Write a guest opinion column

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Presentation on how to write a guest opinion column at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Media Access Workshop in Chicago on April 26, 2014 with Sharon Pian Chan, Marcia Lythcott, Ameet Sachdev and Cory Franklin

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  • Diagram an op-ed. Short lead. Main argument within first 150 words. Propose solutions.
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  • Write a guest opinion column

    1. 1. News Op-ed Less work. Reporter writes story. More work. You write and pitch op-ed. Less control. Reporter controls story. More control. You shape your message. Topic benefits from neutral observer Topic benefits from your perspective
    2. 2. Editorial: The position of the newspaper, always written by the editorial board. No byline. There is no such thing as a “guest editorial.” Staff or syndicated column: Opinion pieces written by staff or syndicated writers. Byline will say “staff column” or “syndicated column” Op-ed or Guest Column: Opinion pieces written by members of the community. Byline may say “Special to” or “Guest columnist.” Letters to the editor: Responses to previously published news or opinion articles
    3. 3. “ ”“Mark Mullan has a treatable disease: addiction”
    4. 4. “ ”“Show respect for fast-food workers with sufficient pay
    5. 5. “ ”How raising the minimum wage to $15 would hurt a nonprofit
    6. 6. “ ”Compassion and hope for parents who abuse
    7. 7. Short lede, ~100 words Main argument Research supporting your argument Propose solutions Ending, kicker or call to action
    8. 8. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/c hi-manuscriptemail,0,7050649.customform http://seati.ms/opedguide http://bit.ly/n3conoped
    9. 9. Easier • Local ethnic print publications • Hyperlocal websites: Patch.com • Ethnic national websites: 8Asians.com • Business journals: Crain’s • National websites: Huffington Post Harder • Daily metropolitan newspapers • National newspapers
    10. 10. http://www.aaja.org/join-aaja/
    11. 11. http://austinkleon.com/show- your-work/
    12. 12. http://bit.ly/opedchicago Sharon Pian Chan Assoc Opinions Editor Seattle Times Dr. Cory FranklinMarcia Lythcott Op-ed Editor Chicago Tribune Ameet Sachdev Business Reporter Chicago Tribune

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