Op-ed piece Overview An op-ed (abbreviated from opposite the editorial page) is
Op-ed piece Overview An op-ed (abbreviated from opposite the editorial page) is
Op-ed piece Overview An op-ed (abbreviated from opposite the editorial page) is a newspaper article that expresses the informed opinions of writer who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper’s editorial board. These are different from editorials, which are usually written by the newspaper’s editorial board members. It is also different from a “Letter to the Editor” which consists of readers responding to a previously-written article. This assignment is to demonstrate your political competence by educating the public about the issue, in order to influence public opinion and ultimately policy. Consider possible newspaper outlets where it could be submitted, and review the submission policies of that newspaper (usually have length limits of 500-750 words – no more than 1000 words for this paper). These op-ed pieces are written for the general lay public, so avoid complex or medical jargon. You may choose to write about the health policy that you have previously analyzed OR you may choose to write about an area in which your expertise and passion can be used to help educate the public. Keep your writing clear and concise (you do not need to cite references in the body of the piece but can include 3-4 references at the end of the piece. Include the following sections in your op-ed piece: Identification of the topic Identification of the media outlet you will use and its editorial policies (not included in the body of the paper and is not included in the word count) Scope of the problem (how it impacts the public; personal stories if appropriate; data/stats to provide evidence it is a problem) Specific policy-based solutions based on evidence (be specific; describe the pros and cons of the solutions; identify ethical or cultural or access concerns; describe actions the reader can take; predict what will happen if problem is not fixed) Submit to one peer in the class for editing, and incorporate their edits if appropriate prior to submission (identify peer and suggestions in conclusion paragraph)

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