Howell also notes the issue involves real estate, with a thoughtful analysis of the regular columnists and how the space devoted to them limits op-ed opportunities. And this New York Times article looks at workshops designed specifically to help women find their voices in opinion articles. Our sister blog, don't get caught news & info, offers these tips on writing op-eds and on trying your hand at the short-form letter to the editor. If you haven't submitted an op-ed, check out your newspaper's web page for guidelines, then give it a try--or try your hand at an essay for NPR's "This I Believe" series (check out this one we covered earlier).
...women and people of color don't submit nearly as many op-eds as white men do. Autumn Brewington, op-ed editor since January 2007, said she is eager to get more women, minorities and younger people to submit op-ed pieces. Brewington said that men submit op-eds "much, much more than women do" -- by as much as 9 to 1. She solicits pieces based on the news. "I'm eager to read op-eds by women, and I work to get women on the page, but I won't accept a piece just because it was written by a woman. Often we are looking for a specific person in the news or someone well positioned to write on a topic. My goal is to have a thoughtful,
provocative page each day with something for everyone," she said.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Part of being an eloquent woman lies in your ability to persuade an audience to see something your way. Op-ed pages--so called because they lie opposite newspapers' editorial pages, which carry the editors' opinions--offer one opportunity for women to express their views. But according to Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell, women aren't well-represented in that paper's op-ed forum. She notes that of 654 op-ed pieces published thus far this year in her paper, some 575 were penned by men, but only 79 by women and about 80 by minorities. She notes: