How To Write an Editorial

The editorial is one of the most basic types of essays that you can write. The editorial is usually written not just in newspapers or in publications, but also for class and maybe even your own website. The editorial is essentially an opinion piece that is based on facts and which will represent the opinion of an entire newspaper, publication, or any other group. Here’s how you can write an editorial.

  • Choosing your topic. Choosing the topic is of utmost importance when it comes to writing editorials. Because the editorial is traditionally a journalistic piece, you should make sure that you write about topics that are timely and relevant. There are several factors that you can use to determine the timeliness of your pieces. For instance, you can look at the events that are happening around the nation or your locality. If you are writing an editorial for and a special interest magazine or publication, you can also focus on the events that are happening in the field, discipline, or industry that your magazine or publication is focused on.
  • Facts. Once you have a topic, the next important step is to determine the facts behind the story. Remember, the primary difference that separates an editorial from a simple column or commentary is that the editorial is based heavily on facts. This means that you will need to lay down the factual basis behind the story before you maker conclusions. This does not only make your piece much more believable, but it also helps influence the readers once you have presented your ‘evidence.’ Because of this, doing a fair amount of research before writing the editorial is important.
  • Outlining. Once you know the facts behind the story, the next step is to create an outline. Outlining is very important because it will make the actual writing process much easier. Some people do not like outlining, because they think that writing freestyle and from the top of the head is better. In reality, however, there are actually ways to make outlines that will still allow you to write flexibly. Mapping is a type of outline where you simply attach ideas to each other on a piece of paper, instead of alphabetically or numerically listing down the arguments. This is an example of an outline that will allow you to write flexibly while still ensuring that you don’t miss an important point related to your subject.
  • Opinion. What sets editorials apart from a simple news story, however, is the opinion. Make sure that you express a particular call or opinion based from the facts that you have laid out. Without the opinion, you will not have an editorial. At most, you will simply have a descriptive essay. Make sure that your opinions flow logically from the facts that you have mentioned earlier, and make sure that you only focus on a single main call or opinion that will permeate through the entire editorial.

After writing your editorial, try rereading it after a few days so that you will be able to see the minor differences and nuances that you can improve on. A wait of a couple of days will usually give you the objective look needed to assess the editorial.


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