How to write an op-ed

A strong op-ed will include:

LEAD: Draw the reader into caring about the issue with an interesting hook, such as a compelling story, powerful statistics/numbers, or a situation that most readers can immediately relate to

PROBLEM: Explain the issue and why it is a problem; include statistics and other relevant evidence and research

SOLUTION: Describe what you feel should be done about the issue

COUNTER-POINT(S): Predict possible arguments that opponents of your issue might raise and explain and provide reasoning for your disagreement

CONCLUSION/CALL TO ACTION: Reiterate how and why the reader should get involved