We are heading into the third month of the Klahoose First Nation’s Newsletter and for the April issue we are bringing on three new additions. First, we would like to establish an editorial department; a kid’s/youth page; and lastly would like to try out a Klahoose Members in Focus portfolio article. Below is a description on how we would see an editorial panning out. The kid’s/youth page would be any submissions from the kids or youth of the Klahoose First Nation community. The Klahoose Members in Focus would be a short interview with any Klahoose member to talk about their walks of life. Whether it is inspirations, aspirations, cultural or anything that may come naturally during the interview. Us First Nations people are humorous but can be serious. We can be Cultural, adaptable, but above all we are just ourselves and the portfolio is a way to showcase our individuality.
These are some new ways to think about the next issue of the Klahoose newsletter. Let’s get creative folks. Drop us a line at:
Writing an Editorial 101
Writing an editorial is a wonderful source of freedom that allows those who wish to voice their opinions, make comments and indulge in the written word. Editorials are meant to be an open space for people the express themselves and their standing point. A major characteristic to keep in mind when writing an editorial is to build on an argument and persuade readers to feel the same way that you do. Alan Weintraut, an English teacher from the Annandale High School in Washington DC breaks it down by saying, “editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue. In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.” With those characteristics in mind there are four main goals that are to be achieved with an editorial:
- Explain or Interpret
Here are a step by step process that Weintraut has devised while writing an editorial:
Planning Steps for an Editorial:
- Pick a significant topic that has a current news angle and would interest readers.
- Collect information and facts; include objective reporting; do research
- State your opinion briefly in the fashion of a thesis statement
- Explain the issue objectively as a reporter would and tell why this situation is important
- Give opposing viewpoint first with its quotations and facts
- Refute (reject) the other side and develop your case using facts, details, figures, quotations. Pick apart the other side’s logic.
- Concede a point of the opposition — they must have some good points you can acknowledge that would make you look rational.
- Repeat key phrases to reinforce an idea into the reader’s minds.
- Give a realistic solution(s) to the problem that goes beyond common knowledge. Encourage critical thinking and pro-active reaction.
- Wrap it up in a concluding punch that restates your opening remark (thesis statement).
- Keep it to 500 words; make every work count; never use “I”
Of course these are mere guidelines of writing an editorial and wouldn’t want it to get in the way of your creative flow.
“Don’t be a writer, be writing.” William Faulkner.
notes take from: http://www.geneseo.edu/~bennett/EdWrite.htm