Op-Ed Writing Guide

Ready to write your Op-Ed? Find our step-by-step guide below:

    1. Choose Your Topic:

    Begin by selecting a conservation issue you feel strongly about. The more passionate you are, the more compelling your op-ed will be.

    1. Understand the Guidelines:

    Different publications have different requirements for op-ed submissions. Check the newspaper’s website for guidelines on word count, format, and how to submit. It’s crucial to adhere to these guidelines for a higher chance of publication.

    1. Craft a Gripping Introduction:

    Capture your readers’ attention from the start. Clearly state the conservation issue and why it matters. Use a compelling fact, personal story, or a thought-provoking question to engage your audience.

    1. Articulate Your Perspective:

    In the body of your op-ed, elaborate on your stance. Explain why the conservation issue is crucial and how it impacts communities, the environment, or future generations. Support your arguments with evidence and keep your writing focused.

    1. Personalize Your Message:

    Share your personal connection to the issue. Explain how the problem affects you, your family, or your community. Personal anecdotes add an emotional touch and make your op-ed relatable.

    1. Be Respectful and Constructive:

    Acknowledge opposing views respectfully. Use well-founded facts to counter-arguments. Avoid personal attacks or disrespectful language, as it weakens your message.

    1. Call to Action:

    End your op-ed with a powerful call to action. Encourage readers to get involved, support relevant organizations, or contact their representatives. Provide clear steps for readers to engage with the cause.

    1. Edit and Proofread:

    Before submission, carefully proofread your op-ed for grammar, spelling, and clarity. A well-edited piece reflects professionalism and increases the chances of publication.

    1. Include Your Contact Information:

    Provide your full name, address, email, and phone number. Publications may need to verify your submission before publishing, so ensure your contact details are accurate.

    1. Submit and Follow-Up:

    Submit your op-ed according to the newspaper’s guidelines. Be patient, as the process may take time. If your op-ed isn’t published within a reasonable period, consider revising and submitting it to other relevant publications or online platforms supporting your cause.

  1. Need Help or Have Questions?

If you have questions about this process or would like to connect with a staff member for support in writing your LTE or op-ed, please reach out to New Mexico Wild’s Communications Coordinator by emailing sara@nmwild.org.