An op-ed is typically a 600- to 700-word piece submitted for publication in your local newspaper, offering 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 highlights the need for climate action to your wider community and will help get the attention of your member of Congress.
Below, you’ll find a selection of op-ed options:
- Pre-written op-eds and adaptable templates authored by CCL's Executive Director Madeleine Para and Conservative Outreach Director Drew Eyerly. A local volunteer can add their name to an op-ed and submit it to local newspapers. Our templates include sections to add unique local perspectives about your city, state, and chapter. You can download a headshot of Madeleine or Drew below to submit along with the op-ed.
- Op-ed outlines to help you write an original op-ed for newspapers that only accept original local content. Be sure to check out our op-ed training page for video and detailed text instructions on planning, writing, and submitting an op-ed. You could also use one of our prewritten op-eds or templates for inspiration and talking points for your own original op-ed.
Don't forget to check in with your chapter and those nearby to make sure multiple people don’t submit the piece to the same newspaper.
Some bigger regional newspapers ask for exclusive content for opinion pieces which they specify in submission instructions. When this is the case, you should submit an op-ed written from scratch, not a template.
If an editor asks if the template op-ed you have submitted is original or exclusive, it's best to be candid. You could say that the op-ed contains unique local perspectives and (if true) hasn't been offered to any other newspapers in their circulation area. However, let them know that other adapted versions of the op-ed may be submitted elsewhere in the country by other CCL volunteers - although it won't conflict with their readership.