Meeting the DeadlineResources for EditorialsAllison MackleyOctober 2008
The Voice of the Newspaper
An editorial is one of the writing styles used to express an opinion or reaction to timely news, events or issues of concern.
Most editorials are used to influence readers to think or act the same way the writer does.
Possible PurposesInform: The writer gives careful explanations about a complicated issue.
Explain or Interpret: Editors often use these editorials to explain the way the newspaper covered a sensitive or controversial subject. School newspapers may explain new school rules or a particular student-body effort like a food drive.
Promote: Writer tries to promote a worthy activity. Get the reader involved.
Praise: The writer praises a person or an event.
Entertain: The writer encourages or entertains the reader about an important issue.
Criticize: These editorials constructively criticize actions, decisions or situations while providing solutions to the problem identified. Immediate purpose is to get readers to see the problem, not the solution.
Persuade: Editorials of persuasion aim to immediately see the solution, not the problem. From the first paragraph, readers will be encouraged to take a specific, positive action. Political endorsements are good examples of editorials of persuasion.
Selecting: Choose an issue
Collecting: Gathering Support
Connecting: Give examples and illustrations. Be honest and accurate.
Sebranek, Meyer and Dave Kemper. The Write Source 2000. Burlington: Write Source Educational Publishing House, 1990.
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