Category: Opinion writing

Advice to college students: How to write with voice and get published

Thank you to the University of Washington Department of Communication and Prof. Sarah Stuteville for inviting me to talk to college students about writing with voice. Here is a replay of the March 10, 2015 presentation with links to all the opinion columns I mentioned.

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A session on how to ‘Share Your Story with Guest Opinion Columns’ in L.A. on June 21

Rachel Uranga

Rachel Uranga

On June 21, I’ll be doing a new, more in-depth kind of opinion-writing workshop with Rachel Uranga, an editorial board member for the Los Angeles News Group, at V3Con, a digital media conference organized by the L.A. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

The session, “Share Your Story with Guest Opinion Columns,” will cover the basics of op-ed writing and pitching that I discussed in Chicago and San Francisco earlier this year. The second part of the session will be interactive and we’ll be working with participants to develop an op-ed idea to develop, write and pitch to a news publication.

If you’re a community leader, grassroots activist or a writer looking to get your work published in more places, join us at our session on Saturday, June 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

This is what attendees will get out of it:

  • A foolproof structure for op-eds
  • Ideas for different types of op-eds from nonprofit and community leaders
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of pitching to editors
  • The four most important questions to ask before writing

This is a unique opportunity to meet Rachel, who edits local op-eds, and get her personal feedback on your idea for an opinion column.

The conference starts with a Friday reception on June 20 and will feature a full-day of sessions on Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum. Check out the V3Con schedule online.

If you would like to attend the conference, the professional registration rate is $50 plus a $3.49 fee. Register online here.

On a personal note, I look forward to sinking back into the crazy soup of cultures in the Southland. I’m a Southern California native — born in L.A., grew up in Cerritos and Orange. It’s been rainy in Seattle for a week and I need to fill up on some vitamin D.

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Rewind: AAJA Chicago Media Access Workshop opinion writing session

Thank you to everyone who came to the AAJA Media Access Workshop in Chicago on how to write and pitch op-eds.

Here is the slideshow presentation from the session featuring Marcia Lythcott, Ameet Sachdev, Cory Franklin and myself.

Thank you to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for sponsoring this series of workshops with the Asian American Journalists Association.

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‘How to write an op-ed’ session in Chicago on April 26

AAJA Chicago Media Access workshop logo

If you’re a Chicago nonprofit or community group working on getting your story told in the news, save the date for April 26. The Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association will be holding a Media Access Workshop that day, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The event is free, but you must register in advance.

Marcia Lythcott

Marcia Lythcott

Sign up at the Media Access workshop website.

Ameet Sachdev

Ameet Sachdev

I’ll be presenting a session on op-ed writing with Marcia Lythcott, op-ed editor for the Chicago Tribune, Ameet Sachdev, business reporter at the Tribune and Dr. Cory Franklin. The op-ed session is at 3 p.m. Here is the full 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. schedule.

Cory Franklin

Cory Franklin

I’ve learned a lot from the attendees at the previous sessions in Seattle and San Francisco and I am excited to meet who comes to the session in Chicago.

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Upcoming session on column writing at the AAJA 2014 convention in D.C.

Want to figure about how to become a columnist? I’ll be doing a session on the topic with Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang, aka Tao Jones, in August. Jeff and I will present the session at the national convention for the Asian American Journalists Association in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 13 to 16.

If you are thinking about coming to the convention, early-bird rates end Tuesday, April 15. This convention is where you want to be if you’re a college student looking for an internship or job in journalism, if you want to build a network of peers and mentors in journalism or if you’re a journalist who just needs some good old-fashioned inspiration.

Register now at AAJA’s 2014 convention site. Rates will go up after April 15.

Here’s a Vine video starring Jeff’s avatar and myself.

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