ROOSTERGNN Master Class: "The art of the Op-Ed"


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As a collaborative platform, ROOSTERGNN offers contributors worldwide the chance to voice their opinions. If you are interested in contributing to the first global, bilingual and independent news agency, but need some advice on writing an Op-Ed that meets the ROOSTERGNN standards, look no further.

The following ROOSTERGNN Master Class, “The art of the Op-Ed,” will take you through the opinion article writing process step-by-step, from choosing a topic to crafting an opening paragraph to creating a compelling conclusion.

Interested contributors can then submit finished opinion articles via We look forward to reading your submissions!

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ROOSTERGNN Master Class: "The art of the Op-Ed"

  1. 1. MARZO2012–ver.5.0 MASTER CLASS! “The art of the op-ed” v. 1.0 August 2013
  2. 2. 2 Global. ROOSTERGNN is a global source of opinion. Contributors worldwide are free to voice their points of view. Bilingual. ROOSTERGNN is the first news agency to merge the publication of content in different languages. The beta version allows readers to consult content in English and Spanish.   Independent. ROOSTERGNN is based on freedom of expression and the code of ethics of journalism. We don’t censor content, nor do we accept sponsored content. WHAT IS ROOSTERGNN? ! ROOSTERGNN is the first global, bilingual and independent news agency. !
  3. 3. 2 Why now? ! Op-ed articles should have a news peg. Why me? ! Expertise, personal experience, insider or local knowledge. What will my article add to the table? ! ROOSTERGNN looks for unique points of view. The topic ! Before you sit down to write, ask yourself the following questions:! Do you need inspiration? ! ROOSTERGNN list of suggested topics:
  4. 4. 2 Hitting the nail on the head ! You should be able to summarize your argument in one single sentence. ! It can be an affirmation: •  Post-Soviet Russia needs its children now more than ever. needs-its-children-now-more-than-ever/548/ •  All the money in the world, especially the billions the U.S. borrows from China, can’t buy good judgment. breach-all-data-no-judgment/1977/
  5. 5. 2 It can also end with a thought-provoking question: •   What is more disturbing, not to know one’s error or to repeat one’s mistake? cambiar-todo-para-que-nada-cambie/1034/ •  Is democracy the new Cronus? Will freedom of expression be the sacrifice necessary to maintain the power of the myth? new-cronus/1912/ Hitting the nail on the head ! You should be able to summarize your argument in one single sentence. !
  6. 6. 2 Structure ! Beginning, middle, end. ! Beginning. Lede, news hook. Context (who, what, where, when, why). Middle. Develop your thesis. ROOSTERGNN promotes social, political and economic change for the better. Examples, statistics, interactive graphics, etc. End. What do you propose to improve the situation? After reading your article, one single idea should stick. 1! 2! 3!
  7. 7. 2 Language Eloquent, but not technical. Op-ed articles should not be colloquial, nor should they use excessive technical terms. Global audience. ROOSTERGNN has a global audience. Establish a context so that a reader anywhere in the world can understand your argument. Length and web format. Recommended length: 500 to 700 words. Highlighting key phrases in bold is advisable. Graphics, images and multimedia use is also desirable.
  8. 8. 2 Images ! Images can be sourced from, clicking on “Creative Commons”. All images must be cited with author and source.
  9. 9. 2 WANT TO PARTICIPATE? TAKE ACTION NOW! ROOSTERGNN is currently available in its initial BETA versions, English and Spanish. ROOSTERGNN offers you a ground-breaking digital platform to showcase your point of view.
  10. 10. MARZO2012–ver.5.0 MASTER CLASS! “The art of the op-ed” v. 1.0 August 2013