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Op-eds & Letters to the Editor

Purpose/

Raising awareness about education issues we’re advocating for and reaching a large audience of engaged readers in specific regions. Op-eds and letters to the editor offer the chance to reach elected officials who monitor these think pieces submitted by the public​, and create an impression of widespread support for or opposition to an issue

Outcome/

Publication of a letter or short essay in a local, statewide or national newspaper about issues of concern from its readers

Process/ 

Draft a letter to the editor or op-ed that communicates important arguments about an education issue such as Foundation Aid funding for schools

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What is an op-ed? What is a letter to the editor?

Op-eds and letters to the editor are both submitted and published in newspapers, but there are important differences. 

Click here to see which one is the right fit for you.

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Put your thoughts on paper

Use these tips and rubrics to learn about the basic structure of an op-ed or letter to the editor, and help organize your ideas.

Template op-ed

Tipsheet: Writing a letter to the editor

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Share your published work!

If your letter or op-ed gets into print, share it widely — the more people who see it, the bigger impact it could have!

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Before you begin...

Research your local media outlets. How you frame your op-ed or letter to the editor depends on the paper you want to submit it to — different papers have different requirements on topics, word counts, authorship and more. Do your research up front, to give yourself the best chance of getting it published.

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Submit your piece

Follow the instructions for submission at the outlet you chose. Don't forget to follow up in a day or two if you don't hear back!