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Policy Advocacy OpEd

Policy Advocacy OpEd


The purpose of this assignment is to author an original Op-Ed piece on an issue tied to a legislation or a proposed legislation of your interest and submit it to a local or national, printed or online, news media as practice.


Writing an Op-Ed is a powerful way to bring attention to issues and voice an opinion that is based on factual information. This has 2 parts:

Issue Selection

Final Approval

Part 1 – Issue Selection

Before you can write your Op-Ed, you must obtain instructor approval on your issue.

Select an issue you feel passionate about

Select the publication to which you will sent your Op-Ed

Part 2

Research all the background information you need in order to write your article. Your Op-Ed must be thoroughly researched as each newspaper or publication has different requirements. As you write yourPolicy Advocacy OpEd

Gain a full understanding of the issue and the legislation tied to it including:

what the main problem is;

why people should care;

what possible solutions may be available.

Highlight how Hispanics and other minority groups may be affected (if possible).

Align with the principles, ethics, and culturally competent language of the social work profession.

Include recommendations or call for action based on evidence.

500-600 words

Tips for writing an Op-Ed

Be current, concise and convincing

Highlight required action

Do not use jargon – instead, use active voice

Write a catchy headline and first sentence, and finish strong