Many newspapers will accept opinion pieces submitted by members of the community. These pieces (often called “op-eds,” from their location opposite the editorial page) allow you to make several arguments in support of federal student aid. Have the college president, student government officials, and community leaders submit op-eds to the newspaper. Following a few basic rules will improve your chances of getting published.
- Take a stand in a provocative, informative, interesting, creative, and insightful way.
- The ideal length for most newspapers is 750 to 1,000 words. Check length restrictions before submitting an op-ed.
- Submit op-eds to media subquentially: first to your preferred choice for placement; if it is rejected there send it to second- and third-choice media. Most newspapers insist on exclusivity for the op-eds they run, at least within their circulation area.