Write an Op-Ed
Op-ed editors are inundated with submissions. Your chances of being published depend on how relevant, concise and opinionated you are.
To increase your odds of having your op-ed printed:
- Be relevant. Connect your piece to a topical issue in the news, a new government report, an issue of current public debate, new research findings etc.
- Capture the reader from the outset.
- Take a stand at the beginning. Outline the issues but come down strongly on one side.
- Back up your position with factual, statistical info or direct personal experience.
- By the second paragraph the reader should know where you stand.
- Be personal and conversational not academic, distant, philosophizing.
- Avoid jargon and insider terms. You will lose a general audience by using academic or technical language.
- Use active language and avoid clichés.
- End your piece by restating your argument in the strongest terms, and make suggestions for how to improve matters.
- Be concise – no more than 800 words.
- Include your full name, credentials and contact information
- Send the op-ed within the body of an e-mail, not as an attachment
- Put “Op-ed Submission” in the email subject line
- Submissions need to be exclusive to one media outlet. Don’t send it to a second newspaper until you’ve been declined by the first one.
- The media reserve the right to edit, condense or reject your contribution
Contact communications officers Anne Craig 613-533-2877 or Rosie Hales 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 if you want help submitting your op-ed or professional editing prior to submission - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Op-ed contacts for print media:
Globe and Mail
Natasha Hassan, Comment Editor
Matt Gurney, Comment Editor
Fred Edwards, Deputy Editorial Page Editor
Adrienne Batra, Comment Editor
Kate Heartfield, Op-ed Editor
Andrew Carroll, Editor
613-544-5000 ext. 140