How to Write Op-ed
The term "op-ed" refers to a page in the newspaper that is opposite the editorial; while the editorial is written by a professional journalist, the op-ed is usually penned by a regular citizen who feels compelled to engage in debate or dialogue about an important issue.
The purpose of Op-ed is to enter into an ongoing dialogue (usually of academic import) about an important issue. As part of op-ed, you can refute an argument, offer a convincing counter-argument, propose an interesting ‘take’ on a subject, provoke thoughts, and advocate for change.
The audience of op-ed is an average intelligent reader who usually needs concise background information about the topic. The argument must be compelling and interesting to get full attention of the audience.
Op-ed is usually 600-800 words long. When writing op-ed, first acknowledge and refute the other side. Then, present a case for your argument with evidence. Finally, conclude with “So What?” or a recommendation for action.
Use active verbs, short paragraphs and sentences, and a personal voice. Try to avoid jargon, especially academic jargon.