An op-ed (originally short for “opposite the editorial page”) is a short opinion piece typically published news publications. Such a piece expresses a strong opinion of an author typically not affiliated with the publication. Op-eds are typically short, persuasive in rhetoric and strong in tone. Here is a good guide from the Harvard Kennedy School on how to write a successful op-ed. You can also view the following examples of successful op-eds from Regent professors:
- Dr. Mary Manjikian, associate professor in the Robertson School of Government, has written an op-ed published in the Tuesday, Jan. 25, issue of the Christian Science Monitor. In the op-ed, Manjikian explores the parenting questions raised by Yale law professor Amy Chua’s new book about Asian parenting, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Read Manjikian’s op-ed here.
- Dr. Eric Patterson, dean of the Robertson School of Government, published his op-ed on The Blaze, discussing “My Two Cents Day,” a student project to promote awareness of the U.S. national debt.
For this assignment construct an op-ed using a Biblical perspective on how to define truth and to defend it. A successful op-ed will contain the following elements:
- Be between 550 and 750 words long.
- Be clear in formulation and persuasive in rhetoric.
- Has a clearly defined point of view.
- Exhibit a clear and logical argument.
- Engages with contemporary culture.
- Show strong evidence of a fully developed Biblical worldview.