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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsAn opinion piece is really that, it's an opinion. When you put down an opinion piece, let your opinion be known. Do not say, so and so says, so and so says. No. What exactly are you trying to say, and let it be all about you. It's your opinion, no apologies about it, say what it is.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsFirst of all, I think it should have a very solid understanding of the subject and the phenomenon that is going to be explained and also a very thorough analysis and analysis of the phenomenon and also it should approach the phenomenon and subject from a different creator and a different perspective.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsA good opinion piece should not only be someone just saying things from his mind, it should be factually based and factually accurate. You should do your research into the subject matter you're talking about so that it's not just, OK, I want to talk about Brazil 2014 so I just go ahead and say without really knowing much about Brazil and the tournament. I should have done my research and that will help make my opinion piece great. OK. Opinion pieces are more like more than an argument. And to me, when I write my opinion pieces, I do more research and I really like to add data to support my argument.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsSo for me, it's not only just giving an opinion on some topic, it's more research, it's more data.

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Introduction to Journalism

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