Did they get the e-mail or fax? Can they tell you if and when to look for your op-ed piece in the paper or online? Your goal is to get people to read your op-ed and to influence decision-makers in your school district. Post a link on Facebook. If the op-ed is published online, e-mail a link to your friends, the school librarian, the superintendent of schools, the school board—you get the idea!
Some websites let readers comment. Bottom line: We're not going back to the good old days without fixing our schools as well as our banks. After more than 50 years of almost uninterrupted power, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has been buried in a general election. Change came once before, in , when a coalition of opposition parties briefly took power, but the LDP still held on to a majority in the Diet's powerful lower house.
Sunday, even that last bastion fell. The world, fixated on China's rise, was slow to pay attention to this seismic shift in the politics of the globe's second-largest economy. Japanese politics has a dull image in the world's press. Most editors, when they cover Japan at all, prefer stories about the zaniness of its popular youth culture, or the wilder shores of Japanese sex.
The main reason for this is, of course, that Japanese politics was dull, at least since the mids, when the LDP consolidated its monopoly on power. Only real aficionados could be bothered to follow the ups and downs of the ruling party's factional bosses, many of whom were from established political families, and most of whom relied on shady financing.
Corruption scandals erupted from time to time, but these, too, were usually part of intraparty manoeuvres to rein in those who got too big for their britches. The system worked in a fashion: Factional bosses took turns as prime minister, palms were greased by various business interests, more or less capable bureaucrats decided on domestic economic policies and the United States took care of Japan's security and much of its foreign policy.
Some thought this system would last forever. Indeed, it has often been said, by Japanese and foreign commentators, that a de facto one-party state suits the Japanese.
Stability, based on soft authoritarianism, is the Asian way, now followed by China. Asians don't like the messy contentiousness of parliamentary democracy. Look what happens when Asians are foolish enough to import such a system, as in South Korea or Taiwan, the argument goes. Instead of civilized debate, they have filibusters and fisticuffs.
But, notwithstanding the occasional bust-ups, Korean and Taiwanese democracies seem remarkably robust. And the argument that Japanese, or other Asians, are culturally averse to political competition is not historically true.
In fact, Japanese history is full of strife and rebellion, and Japan was the first independent Asian country with a multiparty system. Acknowledge the other side. Make your ending a winner. You're probably familiar with the importance of a strong opening paragraph, or "lead," that hooks readers.
But when writing for the op-ed page, it's also important to summarize your argument in a strong final paragraph. That's because many casual readers scan the headline, skim the opening column and then read only the final paragraph and byline. In fact, one trick many columnists use is to conclude with a phrase or thought that they used in the opening, thereby closing the circle.
Relax and have fun. Many authors, particularly academics, approach an op-ed article as an exercise in solemnity. Frankly, they'd improve their chances if they'd lighten up, have some fun and entertain the reader a bit.
Newspaper editors despair of weighty articles - known in the trade as "thumb suckers" - and delight in an academic writer who chooses examples from "Entertainment Tonight" as well as from Kierkegaard. How to submit an article. The best way to submit an op-ed article is by working with Carleton's Office of Media Relations, which interacts regularly with op-ed editors and understands their needs. Contact Eric Sieger for assistance.
If you do choose to submit an article yourself, be sure to include your contact information, and say whether you have a photo of yourself available. Most papers now accept articles by e-mail. Please copy Eric on your submission. Where to submit the article. Well, welcome to the club. These and other national publications, such as Newsweek and USA Today, receive a staggering number of submissions, the overwhelming majority of which are rejected.
You have a better shot at regional newspapers and, especially, at local papers, which almost always give preference to writers from the local area. Tell readers why they should care. Put yourself in the place of the busy person looking at your article. Who cares? Protect them from disease?
Make their children happier? Explain why. Appeals to self-interest usually are more effective than abstract punditry. Offer specific recommendations. An op-ed is not a news story that simply describes a situation; it is your opinion about how to improve matters. In an op-ed article you need to offer recommendations. How exactly should your state protect its environment, or the White House change its foreign policy or parents choose healthier foods for their children?
Showing is better than discussing. When writing an op-ed article, therefore, look for great examples that will bring your argument to life. Embrace your personal voice. The best of these examples will come from your own experience.
If you are a physician, describe the plight of one of your patients, and then tell us how this made you feel personally. In other words, come down from Mt.
Be satisfied with making a single point clearly and persuasively. An op-ed is not a news story that simply describes a situation; it is your opinion about how to improve matters. These and other national publications such as USA Today receive a staggering number of submissions, the overwhelming majority of which are rejected. Some websites let readers comment.
The system worked in a fashion: Factional bosses took turns as prime minister, palms were greased by various business interests, more or less capable bureaucrats decided on domestic economic policies and the United States took care of Japan's security and much of its foreign policy. Everybody wins except for those oh-so-selective big cheeses at ASU who thought it was a good idea to keep a president out of an exclusive club. You should use the same style, relying mainly on simple declarative sentences. It has developed these guidelines to help you write an article that newspapers, websites or others may accept for publication. Play up your personal connection to the readers.
This is a vital lesson, especially at a time when China's economic success is convincing too many leaders that citizens, especially but not only in Asia, want to be treated like children. How do I start? Hatoyama and his colleagues have the wherewithal to achieve these aims is an open question, but it would be wrong to belittle the importance of what has happened. Simple language doesn't mean simple thinking; it means you are being considerate of readers who lack your expertise and are sitting half-awake at their breakfast table or computer screen. And has the gossip mill targeted the exact people responsible for deciding President Obama was worthy of a commencement invitation but no honorary degree?