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ROOSTERGNN is a non-profit news agency that promotes freedom of expression and independent journalism. The #RGNNToolbox is an interactive list of resources for journalists and media professionals, aiding them in becoming better communicators.

HOW TO WRITE AN OP-ED: THE TOPIC

Before you sit down to write, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why now? Op-ed articles should have a news peg.
  • Why me? Expertise, personal experience, insider or local knowledge.
  • What will my article add to the table? The most successful op-eds showcase unique points of view.
  • Do you need inspiration? Check out the Topics of Interest

HITTING THE NAIL ON THE HEAD

Opinion | via Pinterest

Opinion | via Pinterest

You should be able to summarize your argument in one single sentence.

It can be an affirmation, such as in these examples:

Common practice has it that the end should simply re-state your opinion. In addition to reinforcing your opinion, we believe that an op-ed can also raise additional, thought-provoking questions:

STRUCTURE

Beginning, middle, end | via Pinterest

Beginning, middle, end | via Pinterest

  1. Beginning. Lede, news hook. Context (who, what, where, when, why).
  2. Middle. Develop your thesis. Include examples, statistics, interactive graphics, etc.
  3. End. What do you propose to improve the situation? After reading your article, one idea should stick.

LANGUAGE

  • Eloquent, but not technical. Op-ed articles should not be colloquial, nor should they use excessive technical terms.
  • Global audience. ROOSTERGNN has a global audience. Establish your context so that a reader anywhere in the world can understand your argument.
  • Length and web format. Recommended word count: 500-700 words.  If you can break up the text to include bullet points, lists, phrases in bold, the web readers will appreciate it. (Attention spans are limited…).
  • Images. Graphics, images, and multimedia content is advantageous. For a guide on finding images, click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES