Saturday, February 10, 2007

Instructions for student writers

  1. Identify your news source.

· Target hometown or college newspapers

· Consider the following factors: strength of your local connection, capability for electronic submission of editorials, range of circulation, demographics and ideological leanings of the audience. The last two factors might cut either way.

  1. Start reading the paper.

· See what types of editorials are published

· Watch for articles or editorials to respond to.

  1. Write your editorial.

· Respond to a specific, timely article or event.

· Keep your arguments concise.

  1. Submit your editorial.

· Follow the submission guidelines for the newspaper.

· Send your article to the blog, including the date of submission and any related articles. In approximately a week, the blog will post your editorial, regardless of whether it was published.

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