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OpEd Guidelines

The number and quality of OpEd pages has increased across the country in recent years because it has proven to be a lively forum to present viewpoints on a number of issues. Blogs have also grown in popularity and provide a similar forum.

For those of us in higher education, publishing OpEd s, guest columns, and blog posts provide a chance to reach people, other than colleagues, to express an opinion. Length of such pieces are typically 500-800 words (one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half pages, double spaced).

Here are some tips on what editors request in an OpEd article:

  • The article should express the author's opinion. What makes your opinions of interest to the public is your knowledge and fresh approach to the subject.
  • The opinion should be supported with statistics, anecdotes, results of studies, or any other specific information that is available. It is not enough just to state a point of view; it must be supported with logical argument.
  • Try not to be too specialized . . . remember you are writing for a general audience!
  • There are no restrictions on style but most people prefer an informal approach like a newspaper letter-to-the-editor. However, using the Editorial Style Guide is recommended.
  • Remember, the process of submitting the article to OpEd page editors takes time. It must be offered on an exclusive basis to one editor at a time in a particular market.
  • If you are interested in writing an OpEd, the Office of Communication & Marketing will be happy to work with you in developing and marketing the piece.