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Editorial Writing

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The editorial page of the paper should begin where the rest of the paper leaves off.
- Vermont C. Royster (Pulitzer Prize winning Editorial Writer)

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What is an Editorial?
-An editorial is an article that presents the


opinion on an issue.

influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an
-Editorials are meant to issue. -In essence, an editorial is an

news story.


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What is an Editorial?

Editorials are the voice of the newspaper.

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What is an opinion?
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In the best editorials: A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert. In general: A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. The prevailing view, as in the phrase public opinion.

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Writing an Editorial:
1. In the introduction, state the subject and your position on the subject. 2. Discuss the opposing points of view. 3. Prove your position with supporting details. 4. Draw a conclusion.

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Writing an Editorial:
S P state the problem or situation state your position


give evidence to support your position

state and refute the position of the other side in the conclusion offer two possible solutions

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What will your Editorials do?

Encourage your readers to act or to seek a solution. Provide convincing arguments and solutions. *Select the 3 strongest arguments for your position.
List them from good to better to best. You want your reader to remember your last argument.

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What will your Editorials do?

Help readers to understand a complex, controversial or sensitive situation or action. Ex. The RH bill. House Bill No. 4244 or An Act Providing for
a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and For Other Purposes

K+12. Includes the Universal kindergarten, 6 years of

elementary, 4 years of junior high school with an additional 2 years for senior high school.

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What will your Editorials do?

Point out problems and concerns. Be constructive, not petty.
school environment and student well being.

*Select decisions that are adversely influencing the

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What will your Editorials do?

Dont always complain. Find the person or activity that should be recognized for benefiting the community.

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Building an Editorial Arguement:




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Begin with a general statement. *Use the 5 W and 1 H. Followed by the main idea, central idea or the position. *You can use quotations, sayings, facts, statistics, a question or a very powerful statement to open the

*Research might be necessary.

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Make a stand. *You may begin with phrases such a Yet it would be,
Admittedly, It is true.

Counter a stand. *Begin to show why you cant agree with this stand.
May begin with words such as In spite of, However, But. *Make a valid point that will make you appear as someone who has considered all the options.

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Use facts, numbers and quotations to persuade.

Logic is best, but emotional appeal may be

effective. Arrange the arguements, end with the very best point to support your position.

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Re-enforce the main idea by

emphasizing its importance.

rewording or

Give solutions to the problem or challenge the readers to be informed. A rhetorical concluder too.

question can be an effective

Powerfully summarize your opinion and give it some punch.

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use the 3rd person approach present both sides; advantages & disadvantages attack the problem,situation, issue; not the person try to avoid preachiness use beautiful language depending on the purpose the title should be catchy to attract or compel readers to read the story the conclusion should flow naturally from the lead to the body. have a catchy title, attractive lead, organized body and a conclusion that would help shape readers opionion

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The editorial page is one means of conversation between a newspaper and its readers, but look closer and youll find reporting, advocacy and some wicked humor. Who knew something so gray could be so colorful?

-The Washington Post

Credits to... The Washington Post; Talk of the Town, Editorial Writing Weintraut, Alan; Writing an Editorial Anonymous; Tips in Editorial Writing

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Thank you for listening. God bless!

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