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Another way of making your voice heard is by writing an op-ed to be run on a newspaper’s opinion page. Doing this offers an opportunity to present an extended argument and should be local and timely. Unlike editorials, op-eds are written by members of the community rather than by journalists and present a point of view with much greater detail and persuasion than a short letter allows.
Careful planning will increase your chances of placing an op-ed. In addition to submitting an article, mount a campaign to get it published. Be sure to follow up within a week to ensure that it was received and to answer questions the editor may have.
Before you submit an op-ed, you will want to:
Most papers require exclusivity; you may only submit your op-ed to the publication. If they decline to print it, you are free to submit the piece to another publication.