Respected newspapers, such as The New York Times, have to maintain a respectable reputation. Is it possible for journalists to keep up this reputation while using the media to express biased opinions on hot-button issues and causes?
As a published writer, you often have to be cautious about stepping on toes. Some writers, however, particularly investigative journalists, just don’t care. One columnist for The New York Times has been pushing the boundaries for 14 years. Nicholas Kristof is a writer and an activist for human rights, women’s rights, health and global affairs. Nowadays, he comments on everything from the dangers of vaccine denial to the courage of Bruce Jenner for transitioning into a woman.
After winning two Pulitzer prizes, Kristof has become not only an inspiration, but a pioneer for those wishing to follow in his footsteps. There are a lot of writers out there who have a passion for one or even multiple causes. It’s important for writers to know that they can put this passion to good use while still getting published.
Anything can be an Op-Ed. We’re not only interested in policy, politics or government. We’re interested in everything, if it’s opinionated and we believe our readers will find it worth reading.
Therein lies the beauty of the opinion editorial page. The op-ed column of newspapers gives writers a public platform to talk about issues that they may not talk about otherwise. In fact, Trisha Hall, op-ed editor for The New York Times, says, “Anything can be an Op-Ed. We’re not only interested in policy, politics or government. We’re interested in everything, if it’s opinionated and we believe our readers will find it worth reading.” A newspaper like this may be a stretch for writers first starting to break into this field. If you are truly looking to make a difference in this world by writing about the wrongs, start local and work your way up.