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by Andrew Rosenthal


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What is an editorial?
An editorial is an article that presents the newspaper's opinion on an issue.  It reflects the majority vote of the editorial board, the governing body of the newspaper made up of editors and business managers.  It is usually unsigned. Much in the same manner of a lawyer, editorial writers build on an argument and try to persuade readers to think the same way they do. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue.  In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.

Steps to Follow:
  • decide on WHAT you want to persuade
  • decide on HOW you will appeal to your readers (appeals and key words)
  • define WHY it is relevant to your readers
  • write, edit and critique your draft for effectiveness.
  • decide on a headline to catch attention.

1.  Collect information and facts; include objective reporting; do research

2.  State your opinion briefly in the fashion of a thesis statement

3.  Explain the issue objectively as a reporter would and tell why this situation is important

4.  Give opposing viewpoint first with its quotations and facts

5.  Concede a point of the opposition — they must have some good points you can acknowledge that would make you look rational.

6.  Repeat key phrases to reinforce an idea into the reader's minds.

7.  Give a realistic solution(s) to the problem that goes beyond common knowledge. Encourage critical thinking and pro-active reaction.

8.  Wrap it up in a concluding punch that restates your opening remark (thesis statement).

Text taken from Dr. Cat's World History Site.



A word about everyone's favorite internet source...

  • Wikipedia is not the worst tool in the world - but it's not the best.  Always remember - Wikipedia should be used as a jumping-off point for academic research.  Wikipedia articles can help with general background information and for getting ideas for additional/different keyword search terms.  Wikipedia should be treated as the beginning of your journey, not the end!
  • What exactly do you know about Wikipedia?  Is it trustworthy?  Check out these sources for a bit more information:

The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely on Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface (NCSU Libraries)

Gotcha!  Student's Wikipedia Hoax Fools Mainstream Media

  • Remember:  Wikipedia is just "wikiality" - reality as decided by majority rule.  Do you trust classmates/younger siblings/random people to be experts?

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