News Writing (EL 227)


14 Oct 2005

Ex 2-2: Editorial

Write a 400-word editorial, and submit it to a publication where you'd like it to appear. (If your letter essay is published, send me a clipping for a class participation bonus.)

Update:

A reminder -- an editorial can inform, persuade, or entertain. I'm asking your editorial to attempt two of these.

Remember -- complaining is easy. Suggesting a solution, and listening to the arguments against your proposal, is more difficult. You might feel that parking is bad on campus, and you might also complain that the parking permit is too expensive, and your tuition is too costly. But before you write an editorial complaining about parking on campus, have you actually sat down and talked to the people who make decisions about parking? What would they say to your argument that there should be more parking, that parking permits should cost less, and that tuition should cost less?

Avoid proposing a vacuous solution, such as "People need to take more responsibility for their actions" or "Government officials should stop being corrupt."

Some of the best editorials are timely -- that is, they have a news hook, in which the author responds to current events.

Someone asked me the other day, "Can you do interviews for an editorial?" Of course you can! That's an excellent way to support your points. If you interview someone on the "other side" of the issue you want to support, it's good form to be upfront with the person and say, "I'm actually writing an editorial against position X, but since I was impressed by your fairness in the past, I thought you'd be a good person to approach."

In other words, cultivate a relationship that demonstrates your goodwill and honesty.

Politicians and entertainers, who are used to being in the public eye, will be used to dealing with hostile questions. Average citizens won't be, so it's important to pick your rhetorical battles and save your ammo.

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Excerpt: First, allow me to quote the blog for October 14th. Write a 400-word editorial, and submit it to a publication where you'd like it to appear. (If your letter is published, send me a clipping for a class participation bonus.) So me, being a total dumbas...
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Comments

Yes, I see that I did use the word "letter" in the explanation. I didn't want to re-use "editorial" again. "Essay" would have been better.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 10, 2005 12:33 PM

If your letter letter is published, send me a clipping for a class participation bonus.

wasn't exactly fixed...

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 10, 2005 02:39 PM

Uh... I did that on purpose, to demonstrate how important it is to proofread. Yeah, that's it. (It's fixed now.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 10, 2005 04:18 PM

lol! I can't believe Dr. Jerz just attempted that joke...

this is definitely blog worthy if i wasnt' so blogged out.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 10, 2005 07:03 PM

that was hilarious. thanks for that, guys.

Posted by: stormy at October 10, 2005 09:19 PM

You want to know what happens when someone reads a good blog. Come see it http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KevinHinton/2005/10/editorialnewswr.html#more

Posted by: Kevin Hinton at October 12, 2005 10:02 PM

I apoligize. I mean editorial

Posted by: Kevin Hinton at October 12, 2005 10:02 PM
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