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不明觉厉：1st April 750 words
Course Outline Form: EDRD*3400 (Sustainable Communities) Winter 2018
The structure, function and trends affecting rural communities including historical, ecological and social factors, institutions, agencies and change processes are explored and discussed. Specifically, the course will explore challenges and opportunities in rural communities with a focus on rural Canada, and specifically on rural Ontario. The course will explore issues such as the changing rural economy, changing demographics and special populations, and the wellbeing of rural people and communities.
Assignment 4: Writing an Opinion Piece
Done right, it is persuasive writing at its best.
By tackling an important topic of the day, you will be reaching not only your regular readers but also perhaps an elite audience of opinion-makers.
Here’s a checklist to keep your opinion piece on track:
Focus tightly on one issue or idea — in your first paragraph. Be brief.
Express your opinion, and then base it on factual, researched or first-hand information.
Be timely, controversial, but not outrageous. Be the voice of reason.
Be personal and conversational; it can help you make your point. No one likes a stuffed shirt.
Be humorous, provided that your topic lends itself to humor. Irony can also be effective.
Have a clear editorial viewpoint – come down hard on one side of the issue. Don’t equivocate.
Provide insight, understanding: educate your reader without being preachy.
Near the end, clearly re-state your position and issue a call to action. Don’t philosophize.
Have verve, and “fire in the gut” indignation to accompany your logical analysis.
Don’t ramble or let your op-ed unfold slowly, as in an essay.
Use clear, powerful, direct language.
Emphasize active verbs, forget adjectives and adverbs, which only weaken writing.
Avoid clichés and jargon.
Appeal to the average reader. Clarity is paramount.
Write 750 double-spaced words or less (fewer is always better) for newspapers (concise is always better).
If you write an exceptional piece we can explore submitting it to a newspaper for publication consideration.
Originally posted 2018-04-03 12:18:17.