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What will we learn?

Writing your opinion is in some ways similar and in some ways different from writing news or features. It is similar in the research and preparation needed for opinion pieces as well as news and features. It is different in the fact that opinion pieces naturally contain the author’s opinion, while news and features do not.

After this week you should know:

  • Some common types of opinion pieces
  • The theory behind persuasion
  • How to write an opinion piece that is clear, concise, evocative, and effective

You’ll get some writing tips and advice on ways to present your argument. There will be two interviews to consider: one with a blogger and one with a columnist. And finally, you’ll write your own opinion piece about The Blackout.

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Introduction to Journalism

University of Strathclyde