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Editorials. When it’s OK to give your opinion. Nothing is more interesting than opinion when opinion is interesting -Herbert Bayard Swope. What is it?. An editorial is a type of article that offers an opinion or perspective.

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Editorials

Editorials

When it’s OK to give your opinion.



What is it
What is it? interesting

An editorial is a type of article that offers an opinion or perspective.

Editorials are generally found in the Opinion section of newspapers.


Types
types interesting

Generally, editorials are written by three groups of people.


Types continued
Types (continued) interesting

  • Many editorials are written by a publication’s editorial board.

    • An editorial board is a group of people, typically employed by the publication who dictate the publication’s opinion policy.

    • This board decides what the publication will offer in terms of opinion.

    • When this type of editorial appears, it is generally understood to be the institutional opinion of the newspaper.


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Types (continued) interesting

  • When this “group-written” type of editorial appears, it is generally understood to be the institutional opinion of the newspaper.

  • Often, they do not name a specific author and remain unsigned

  • Editorial boards are very influential. Specifically, they decide which political candidate to support in elections.


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  • The second type of editorials are written by individual staff writers working for the publication.

  • These are considered individual opinions. They are signed by the author.


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  • The third type of editorials are written by authors not employed by the publication itself.

  • These can take the form of “letters to the editor” and can be found in the OP-ED section of a newspaper.

  • OP-ED stands for “opposite the editorial page.” This is because the page opposite the editorial page was a catch-all section of book reviews, matters of society, etc.


Editorial basics
Editorial basics interesting

  • Deals with a current issue

  • Attempts to influence, using facts, concerns, and sometimes quotes from others with similar or dissenting opinions

  • Presents an opinion that is not extreme but rather well-researched & taking into account all sides

  • Includes opposing opinions


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Editorial basics interesting

  • Engages and explores issues rather than attacks individuals or groups

  • Includes constructive criticism

  • Includes concise, powerful language

  • Is tightly written (Ideally between 500 and 800 words)

  • Is not about you

  • Uses facts and tightly formed criticism rather than sarcasm


Editorial musts
Editorial musts interesting

  • Just like a persuasive essay, editorials must include…

    • A focus/focused opinion

    • Research on the past, present, and potential future of the issue

    • Supportive evidence, in the form of that research or others’ quotes, backing up the focus/focused opinion


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