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 template, which you can tailor to your local area and submit to your newspaper. Choose the 600-word or 700-word version depending on your newspaper’s requirements.
If your newspaper chooses to run the op-ed, they may need a photo of Mark. Below, you'll find a headshot of Mark and a larger photo of him speaking at a CCL conference. Feel free to send both options to your newspaper.