First, read the article How to write an op-ed or column. Note that your piece will be shorter. Also not the difference between topic and theme.
Write an opinion piece (op-ed) for a local newspaper or blog on an environmental topic covered in this class or on Environmental Public Health 1. Since this is an opinion piece, in addition to the topic, you should also select a theme. For example, you might want to argue for a One Health strategy to a particularly environmental health topic. Or, you might want to inform your reader to your point of view using an environmental justice lens. . Chose a topic you feel strongly about as that will be reflected in your writing.
There are many ways to write an opinion piece, but for the purpose of this assignment, your opinion piece should have the attributes below (the number in parentheses reflects the scoring for this assignment).
1. Craft a title that stands out and makes readers want to read your piece. I recommend to this last, after you’ve written and edited your piece. (2)
2. Keep the piece short, no more than 500 words (I’m going to count). Remember, the shorter and more concise your piece is the more likely someone will read it. You piece should have six paragraphs: intro, three supporting argument paragraphs, acknowledge the opposition, and a closing paragraph/call to action. (2)
3. Make your opinion known in your introductory paragraph. Be clear and concise. Readers often decide if they want to read a piece based on the first few sentences, so these sentences need to be the hook that pulls them in. (3)
4. The body of your opinion piece should contain your supporting arguments. Please provide three pieces of information (statistics, examples, etc) that support your opinion statement. Each of your three pieces of supporting information should get their own paragraphs. Don’t worry if the paragraphs are short. Most news articles have short paragraphs. (9)
5. Acknowledge the opposition to your opinion. Include at least one opposing view and address it up front. For example, you could say “Some assert that [opposing opinion]; however it has been show that [your rebuttal]. (3)
6. Close out the piece by using one of the four bulleted techniques mentioned in the article above for strong endings. (3)
7. Spelling, grammar and writing clarity should be flawless. Use the revision checklist in the article above. If an editor or blog administrator receives a piece with multiple errors they will likely pass it over. If your piece doesn’t get published, it won’t be effective. Assume that you are writing for a general audience. Not everyone has the same background you do, so avoid jargon and acronyms. (2)