Published Op-Eds in June 2018

Published Op-EdsPublished Op-Eds in June 2018

I started on a path to further my publication list by writing Op-Eds. I have written two Op-Eds in my life, but I wanted to make a concerted effort. That hard work has paid off. This past June, I had three (3) Op-Eds published by three different newspapers. To say I am excited about the publications is an understatement. However, that didn’t mean I didn’t get rejected. I wrote eight (8) Op-Eds to different newspapers and three of them were published. I guess my publishing percentage was good, but there’s room for improvement.

Here are the three Op-Eds:

June 11, 2018 – New York Newsday
Why didn’t police act faster in abduction case? 

June 14, 2018 – The Baltimore Sun
How to deal with the police overtime problem, at least temporarily

June 26, 2018 – The New York Daily News
We cannot allow Bronx gang victim, Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz to have died in vain

Some Advice for Writing Op-Eds

My only advice to get published in a local paper is to:

  • Read what others have written
  • Be timely with your letter
  • Is it your area of expertise? We’re all an expert in something!
  • Write, rewrite, revise
  • Follow the instructions. Such as:
    • A 200 word limit doesn’t mean 225 words
    • Do I paste it within the E-mail or attach a file?
    • Do they require a full name, address, phone number, a one-line bio, headshot?
  • E-Mail the correct editor – some papers have separate editors for Letters and Opinions

In my experience so far, writing Op-Eds is a great way to expose your writing to a greater audience. At the very least, you gives you a sense of accomplishment. How many people can say that they have been published by a major newspaper? If a publication is something you want to cross off your bucket list, than what are you waiting for? Start by writing what you know.

By |2018-07-19T13:01:33-04:00July 23rd, 2018|Writing|

About the Author:

Joe Giacalone is a retired NYPD Sergeant, current Adjunct Professor, media contributor and internationally recognized policing expert. Joe has been on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Today Show, Good Morning America and many more.