An op-ed is usually a 600- to 700-word piece you can publish in your local newspaper, offering your own perspective or commentary on a topic. Traditionally, newspapers printed these opinion pieces opposite from the newspaper’s own editorials, hence the name “op-ed.” Publishing an op-ed in your newspaper will give your ideas a bigger platform in your community and will help get the attention of your member of Congress.
Below, you’ll find our latest op-ed templates, which you can tailor to your local area and submit to your newspaper.
Note: Consider coordinating with your chapter's media manager or other chapters in your area to ensure that your local newspaper doesn't receive multiple submissions of the same op-ed template.
If you submit a joint op-ed with CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds, your newspaper may need a photo of Mark. Below, you'll find a headshot of Mark that you can send to your newspaper.