Writing op-eds or blog posts that maximizes the prospect of their getting published.

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Many people aspire to have their opinions and perspectives appear in black and white on the oped pages of newspapers or on the digital oped pages of prominent blogs like HuffingtonPost. There is a technique to writing op-eds or blog posts that maximizes the prospect of their getting published. There is also a skill set to choosing and approaching the publications where you want your oped to appear.

Over the weekend, we’ll examine op-eds and blog posts, then work to identify a focus on a topic, and lastly you’ll write and revise your op-ed for publication. At the end of the weekend, you’ll have at least one oped that has a real shot at publication.

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Instructor: Alex S. Jones

Alex S. Jones is winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the news media for The New York Times. For 15 years, he was Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and he is now co-executive editor of DailyChatter.com, a daily email newsletter focused on international news. Before Harvard, he was the Patterson Professor at Duke University, and his courses included one focused on op-ed writing.