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Writing an op-ed

We are happy to work with you to write and op-ed.

Suggested Op-Ed Structure

  1. First 2-3 paragraphs: Hook: Why do I care? Set-up: What’s this column about?
  2. Nut graph: What’s your overarching point? (Your theme)
  3. Next 4-5 paragraphs: Diagnosis: Flesh out the problem or issue 
  4. Next 4-5 paragraphs: Prescription: What’s the solution?
  5. Next 1-2 paragraphs: Concession: What’s the other side?
  6. Final paragraph: Coda/Call to action: What’s your overarching point again? Or what do you want reader to do? 

Source: Harvard Kennedy School Communications Program

Suggested length: about 750 words

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