OPINION AND

EDITORIAL WRITING

It regularly appears each issue under the same title and at the same location on the page. sports page and even in the front page. . science page. Opinions are regular features on the editorial page but they also appear in the feature page.OPINION WRITING The opinion is a piece of writing that expresses the personal belief of the writer about timely issues. It is supported by facts.

Parts of Editorial 1)INTRODUCTION 2)THE BODY 3)THE CONCLUSION .

the introduction states outright the stand of the editorial. . the introduction is called the news peg. In which case. In some cases. It may contain the news upon which the editorial is based.INTRODUCTION - it is the beginning paragraph.

problem or news event • A striking statement which arrests the reader’s attention • A question with which you can invite attention to the problem or situation to be discussed • A narrative illustrating the problem or situation . It can take many forms as follows: • A simple statement that gives enough of the situation.THE LEAD.is also placed in the introduction to keep the readers reading on.

It builds up the case through a logical order and is supported by facts. It may be made up of three to four paragraphs.2) THE BODY-It contains the facts about the news or issues including the writer’s opinion or viewpoints. . * Use examples and illustrations *Quote sources and authorities * Cite statistics if applicable * Use formal language * If you are presenting a number of arguments to support your stand. start with the most powerful.

characterized by favoritism and influence peddling.g. If other schools can develop a culture of excellence.3) CONCLUSION-This is the last part that either summarizes or drives home the point. why can’t we? * ROUNDING UP OR SIMPLE SUMMARY e. Worse. .g. * A CHALLENGE e. marks the government claims of transparency. The conclusion may be written in the form of: *A SUGGESTION e. it undermines the chances of the Philippines to recover from economic crisis. It ties up the ideas and arguments presented in the body. The business sector would do well to evaluate people on the basis of merit rather than the academic degree. The spate of scandals over government deals.g.

*If one exists. . include a celebrity angle. *Lay out your thesis in the first paragraph.Steps in writing opinion: *Open with a grabber. * Demonstrate how widely held your opinion is. * Explain why you and many others feel the way you do. * Make your opinion relate to the experience of ordinary people. * Examine the “BIG PICTURE”. * Cite the opinions of experts who agree with you. * Leave a lasting impression by offering a forwardlooking prediction or rhetorical question.

Through editorial. If the editorial is well-written. .EDITORIAL WRITING An editorial is an expression of facts and opinions in concise or an analytical interpretation of significant and timely topics or issues. the paper has the opportunity to write what it thinks about issues affecting the readers. It is logical and pleasing in order to influence opinion. or to interpret significant news such that its importance to the reader will be clear. it can be a vital force to make changes and reforms. It is usually written in formal language.

It may take the first person plural point of view (We. it is the paper’s stand on the issue and the paper represents everyone in its staff. my. us. the second person and the third person point of view. ours. mine. In essence. no editorial is written from the first person singular point of view: I.DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EDITORIAL TO COLUMN AND OPINION WRITING Editorial is the collective point of view of the staff of the paper on a certain issue. . our). Hence.

discusses the issue extensively and gathers and organizes the data. seeing to it that the important ideas of the group are incorporated in the piece.Who writes the Editorial? The whole staff chooses a topic based on the news events. Therefore the editorial is the stand of the staff or the paper on a certain issue. . The best writer in the staff writes the editorial.

*Editorial must be factual and provide pertinent information. * It must be concise. compelling and concise. . around 250300 words in four or five paragraphs.CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EDITORIAL * Editorial must be interesting.

event or situations and leaves the judgment to the reader. 2) EDITORIAL CRITICISM-it points out the faults in the situation mentioned in a news that concerns and interests readers. examining the evidence available and then perhaps suggests a solution. It uses a scientific method by defining the problem.Types of Editorial 1) EDITORIAL OF INTERPRETATION.it tries to interpret meaning of news by merely presenting both sides of an issue. .

COMMENDATION OR TRIBUTE. 6) CRUSADE EDITORIAL-it usually endorses a thought or course of action.it discusses issues lightly. 5) EDITORIAL OF ENTERTAINMENT.3) EDITORIAL OF ARGUMENTATION OR PERSUASION. 4) EDITORIAL OF COMMENDATION. but often has a serious point gently and subtly suggested and sometimes satirically.It gives praise to a worthy deed done by a person or by an institution.it takes a stand in a controversial issue and tries to convince the reader to adopt this stand. . This is also called a campaign editorial.

STEPS IN WRITING THE EDITORIAL *Choose a very timely topic. *Be sure you know and understand the topic well. *Be clear about the type of editorial you ill write and also the purpose. Formulate your stand or position. * Gather sufficient data. *Write…write…write .