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Editorial Writing 101
Transcript of Editorial Writing 101
Body of the Editorial
The body should include the editorial's basic facts, the causes and effects behind incidents, situations, illustrations and arguments
There should be atleast three (3) arguments for the topic.
Parts of an Editorial
It should start with a very strong adjective
Editorial Writing 101
Called the "Heart" of the Publication
It expresses the opinion of whatever the management of the publication feels in relation to the present events or situations
It explains and interprets the news, put it to proper perspective, to analyze it, to draw conclusions from analysis
should contain the news article or the topic tackled, and the general stand of the writer
It should state the problem and the position of the writer to the problem
MR. EARVIN HARDI SAKILAYAN
Teacher III - E. T. Tirona MNHS
Division Trainer in Campus Journalism
DepEd-Division of Cavite
It should contain the general information about the topic with the overall stand of the writer
Be consistent with your stand.
Make it straight to the point
KISS (Keep it short and simple)
It may be in the form of advice, challenge, command, or just rounding up or a simple summary.
End your piece with a good sentence or quotation. You may use ending words like: So that, upang sa huli, therefore, etc.
An editorial starts with a bang! Therefore, end it also with a bang!
Do not focus on one's fault alone.
Use credible sources. Do not fabricate.
Coherence in every argument must be observed.
Use a different paragraph for a different argument.
Follow the: Argument + Evidence + Analysis format
List down all your possible argument and rank them according to increasing importance.
Observe ethics in your work.
Start by wrapping up your stand in the issue. In Filipino medium, use words like, Tunay ngang, hindi maipagkakailang, etc.
Give at least three (3) solutions to the problem or at least three (3) recommendations.
Be simple and concise.
End with an octothorpe (#)
The title must show the problem or the stand of the writer.
It may be a word, phrase, or a sentence.
The ending word or phrase may be used for the title.
It should have an impact, but not featuristic.
Make bias comments
DO NOT Jargonize your sentences. If unavoidable, then use cautiously.
We are Editorial Writers not Feature writers.
Feature: “Under the shining sun spreading immense and spontaneous heat in Metropolitan Manila, a hardworking artisan of earthen treasure succumbed in what people call a taste of heaven on earth. With this tragic event, his adventurous life ended.”
Editorial: A pot vendor died in Manila due to heat stroke.
“PNoy does nothing to our country but only makes it poorer. He just sits on his throne without seeing the pain every Filipino are experiencing."
Don’t use FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW.
“ In MY opinion, MY country deserves a leader I should vote. Those cheaters are never worth MY vote! I never wanted these politicians. I do not deserve having them rule ME.”
You see it every day, especially in freeway traffic. A car is weaving back and forth, speeding up then slowing down, or suddenly stopping. No, it’s not a drunk driver. It’s a cell-phone driver. Cell phones are used everywhere, but on the road they are a dangerous distraction to drivers and should be prohibited.
SITUATION: Using cellphone while driving.
POSITION: It is dangerous and should be stopped!
The New England Journal of Medicine reported that “motorists using a cell phone were four times more likely to have an accident than those not using a phone.” The major problem is that the driver is not focused on the road, but on his or her conversation. Cell-phone drivers are very unpredictable: they weave, tailgate, drive too fast or too slow, make improper turns, run red lights, and even stop at green ones. It’s not only annoying; it’s hazardous.
Cell-phone-related accidents include rear-ending vehicles; running off a road and crashing into trees, fences, and buildings; flipping over; and having head-on collisions. Many of these accidents result in fatalities.
In October at the California Traffic Safety Summit, experts testified that “cell phones used by drivers lead to at least 1,000 deaths per year in California.” These are the same problems that occur with drunk driving, which is strictly outlawed and harshly enforced. For the same reasons, California needs laws that restrict the use of cell phones in cars.
Until we take action to pass new laws, drivers at least need to be more responsible when using cell phones. The American Automobile Association recommends that drivers pull off the road before using a cell phone, have a passenger use it for them, or use voice mail to answer calls. Another suggestion is to keep the phone off while moving or simply not use it in the car. Before using a cell phone, drivers should think to themselves, “Is this call really that important?”
Cell phones can be a vital link in emergencies, but drivers need to use them wisely. As professional NASCAR racer John Andretti says, “Driving safely is your first responsibility.” The best road to safety is to just hang up and drive.
Hang Up and Drive