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The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to enrich and expand the world's conversation, by increasing the range of voices we hear from in the world--especially women's voices. Working with top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train women and other under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (though op-eds and more); we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best ideas directly to media gatekeepers across all platforms. We also offer day-long program open to the public in major cities across the nation, on a rotating basis.

Mission: We envision a world where all the best ideas - regardless of where they come from - will have a chance to be heard, and to shape society and the world.

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Meet Ximena N. Larkin, our newest Fellowship Coach! She is a communication specialist, writer & the Deputy Director of L...
11/27/2020

Meet Ximena N. Larkin, our newest Fellowship Coach! She is a communication specialist, writer & the Deputy Director of Latino Media for Biden's Campaign.

Welcome to The OpEd Project’s team 🥂👏🏾🍾

“When Katie Orenstein emails to gauge your interest in joining The OpEd Project and describes it as "a tight-knit team of journalists, editors and commentary-writers who love editing, pitching, mentoring and watching people wake up to their own power," how can you say no?

“So excited to co-lead the #PublicVoices Fellowship for (wait for it) DePaul University's cohort this winter (my alma mater! Triple demon right here 🤗). My first op-ed was pegged to Barack Obama’s election and the coincidence of where I am in my life makes me chuckle.” - Ximena N. Larkin

Learn more about Ximena: www.ximenalarkin.com

“My book, The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was A War Criminal, to be published in March 2021, h...
11/26/2020

“My book, The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was A War Criminal, to be published in March 2021, has been made possible largely because of The OpEd Project, which helped position me as a Holocaust distortion and denial expert. Their mentoring program is fabulously effective. We positioned my article for Salon.com, which went viral. Salon voted it as Best Feature of 2018, and within months the story landed on the front page of The New York Times, the front page of Chicago Tribune, a feature on BBC radio and several other publications. My goal is to have an authentic reconciliation between Lithuanians and Jews, which can only be based on the truth.” - Silvia Foti, an Alum Ambassador with The OpEd Project

More about Silvia: www.silviafoti.com

"After an effective vaccine is approved and the pandemic becomes largely controlled, millions are still asking, 'Where d...
11/24/2020
What's ahead in a post-pandemic world?

"After an effective vaccine is approved and the pandemic becomes largely controlled, millions are still asking, 'Where do we go from here?'" - Krzysztof Garbarz, DNP, a #PublicVoices Fellow with The OpEd Project & Rush University (via The Hill)

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/527256-whats-ahead-in-a-post-pandemic-world#.X71PSkdjpEs.twitter

After an effective vaccine is approved and the pandemic becomes largely controlled, millions are still asking, “Where do we go from here?”

"The lessons we've learned in the past four years have come at a tremendous cost. We should ensure we never have to pay ...
11/24/2020
OPINION: We learned plenty these four years. The lessons apply going forward.

"The lessons we've learned in the past four years have come at a tremendous cost. We should ensure we never have to pay that cost, and surely not an even higher one, ever again." - Ryan Skinnell a #PublicVoices fellow with The OpEd Project & San Jose State University

https://thefulcrum.us/civic-ed/trump-legacy

American voters turned out in record numbers and changed the course of history. Now is a good time to take stock of what we've learned and how we can use those lessons going forward.

Join us for our last 2020 #WriteToChangeTheWorld workshops! The focus our Core Workshop is a deep dive into the broader ...
11/23/2020

Join us for our last 2020 #WriteToChangeTheWorld workshops! The focus our Core Workshop is a deep dive into the broader implications of your knowledge and expertise and, coupled with the high impact strategies we test together, you should emerge from the experience with the understanding and tools needed to elevate the quality and visibility of your ideas - via publication and beyond.

If you’ve already taken this workshop with us, join us for our Advanced Workshop: #Connection. This workshop builds on the framework you developed around your own credibility and expertise in the first seminar, and expands that understanding to include how rich connection and collaboration with others helps your ideas travel farther, faster and with more impact. It’s an electric, high-energy, interactive curriculum!

DM us if you have any questions.

Both workshops are open to all, regardless of means! We have scholarships available, too.

Register here: www.theopedproject.org/seminars

"Selecting the right behavioral and medical algorithm is key to the survival of a community in the throes of a systemic ...
11/20/2020
Failing algorithms in the throes of a pandemic - CommonWealth Magazine

"Selecting the right behavioral and medical algorithm is key to the survival of a community in the throes of a systemic #pandemic." - Ellana Stinson, a #WriteToChangeTheWorld Alum with The OpEd Project

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/failing-algorithms-in-the-throes-of-a-pandemic/

FOR YEARS I worked within health systems that perpetuated the idea that I was non-essential. My simple presence in the various medical spaces where I practiced as an emergency physician would require a sense of judgment and agility to figure out how to adjust my presence at work and my place in the....

"I am passionate about highlighting the ancestral voices of black women through my public writing. I believe that readin...
11/20/2020

"I am passionate about highlighting the ancestral voices of black women through my public writing. I believe that reading the traces #blackwomen of the past have left behind—whether it is a novel, an anonymous photograph, or a faded tombstone—is the most meaningful tribute to my #ancestors. It is my honor to share little-known or forgotten black women's histories with a wider public." - Marina Magloire, a #PublicVoices Fellow with The OpEd Project & University of Miami

Read Marina’s most recent published essay, "The Spirit Writing of Lucille Clifton," here: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/10/19/the-spirit-writing-of-lucille-clifton/

Big shout out to Deborah Douglas, Senior Facilitator and Fellowship Coach with The OpEd Project, on her latest award as ...
11/19/2020
Anderson School of Management announces 2020 Loeb Award winners in business journalism

Big shout out to Deborah Douglas, Senior Facilitator and Fellowship Coach with The OpEd Project, on her latest award as the 2020 Gerald Loeb Award winner. Congratulations! 🥂🙌🏿🎉

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-anderson-school-of-management-2020-loeb-award-winners

The live virtual event honored the work of journalists whose contributions illuminate the worlds of business, finance and the economy.

"Choosing a governing partner who will challenge rather than comply is a sign of strength rather than weakness." - Mary ...
11/19/2020
The power of Jill Biden and the women Joe Biden trusts - Roll Call

"Choosing a governing partner who will challenge rather than comply is a sign of strength rather than weakness." - Mary C. Curtis, a senior facilitator with The OpEd Project (via Roll Call)

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/11/19/the-power-of-jill-biden-and-the-women-joe-biden-trusts/

OPINION — Like Barack Obama before him, Joe Biden doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with a strong and independent partner. And that’s Dr. Jill Biden.

“I’m working on advocating for transitional justice in the United States. Our past shapes our present, and we have to ac...
11/18/2020

“I’m working on advocating for transitional justice in the United States. Our past shapes our present, and we have to acknowledge and deal with our past if we want a just future together. The OpEd Project has helped me learn how to explain what transitional justice is and why the US needs it to a wider audience than I reach in my academic work." - Colleen Murphy, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of University of Illinois College of Law, an expert in political reconciliation, and a #PublicVoices Fellow with The OpEd Project.

Learn more about Dr. Colleen’s work here: drcolleenmurphy.com

Read Dr. Colleen’s interview on the need for transitional justice in the post-Trump era: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/1749294700

#womancrushwednesday #theopedproject

THIS WEEK 👉🏿 #AskAJournalist: Pitch for Success with The OpEd Project A live 45-min session w/ a master editor who will ...
11/17/2020
"Ask a Journalist": Pitch for Success with The OpEd Project

THIS WEEK 👉🏿 #AskAJournalist: Pitch for Success with The OpEd Project

A live 45-min session w/ a master editor who will live-edit a few PITCHES (chosen from among those you submit) & will answer your questions in real-time!

Pay-what-you-can, open to all!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-journalist-pitch-for-success-with-the-oped-project-tickets-126827471381

This is a live 45-min session with a master editor from our team who will live-edit a few pitches & answer questions in real time.

"Our youth-centered culture has conditioned us to think of aging solely as a process of deterioration and decline." - Je...
11/16/2020
How Good Do You Feel About Getting Older? - 3rd Act Magazine

"Our youth-centered culture has conditioned us to think of aging solely as a process of deterioration and decline." - Jeanette Leardi, a gerontologist, writer, editor, educator, and a #WriteToChangeTheWorld Alum with The OpEd Project

https://www.3rdactmagazine.com/aging/aging-artfully/how-good-do-you-feel-about-getting-older/

Living our fullest third act means replacing age shame with age pride. Here’s a thought exercise: Complete the following two sentences with as many answers as you can: I dread becoming old because _____. I can’t wait to be old because _____. Did you come up with several answers for each statemen...

Last chance to register for our November #WriteToChageTheWorld Virtual Workshops (open to all)! 1-Day Sprint: Nov. 17 (1...
11/16/2020

Last chance to register for our November #WriteToChageTheWorld Virtual Workshops (open to all)!

1-Day Sprint: Nov. 17 (10:30am-6:30pm ET): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-november-17th-write-to-change-the-world-workshop-1-day-sprint-tickets-112145357784

2-Day Intensive: Nov. 18/19 (10:00am-1:30pm ET): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-november-18-19-write-to-change-the-world-2-day-intensive-tickets-112144609546

Scholarships are available for those in need. Apply here: https://www.theopedproject.org/scholarships

“I love people. I am really inspired by people who speak up and tell their truth, even when it is not popular. I want to...
11/13/2020

“I love people. I am really inspired by people who speak up and tell their truth, even when it is not popular. I want to inspire other people to do the same. During this #pandemic, most of the people who have really inspired me have just been everyday people speaking up against #injustice. Genuine kindness also inspires me.

“One of the activities that the OpEd Project does is one where you learn how to get out of a #pigeonhole. That exercise has been invaluable to me. It helped me learn how to connect my ideas to other #issues and reach a broader audience. In the end, I was able to publish an op-ed about something I am passionate about and connect it to a topic others are passionate about and thereby expand my audience. The result is the oped I share below, “Are You Ready for Some Football...with a Side of Social Justice?” The funny part is I have several #social justice/race-related op-eds that I have desperately been trying to get published for months, and it was this one that I wrote in 20-minutes based upon that bedrock lesson from The OpEd Project that found a home. Some might be discouraged by that, but it made me smile. I will keep applying the lessons I learned and find a home for other pieces too. Thank you OpEd project!” - Barbara Combs, an Alum Ambassador with The OpEd Project

Barbara is finishing her second book, where she advances a theoretical framework that she calls Bodies Out of Place (BOP) to help make this social ill more visible. “BOP suggests that continuing violence (in all its forms) against Black bodies is an attempt to push Black bodies back into their perceived place—a position of subservience to whites that mimics the Jim Crow order. I offer a typology of five ways this pushback against Black advancement operates,” she explains.

Read Barbara's op-ed: https://www.al.com/opinion/2020/09/are-you-ready-for-some-footballwith-a-side-of-social-justice.html

"This #VeteransDay, on the heels of the presidential election, I’m hopeful for the first time in a long time." - Rose Ca...
11/11/2020
With the Biden-Harris administration on the horizon, there’s reason for hope this Veterans Day - The San Francisco Examiner

"This #VeteransDay, on the heels of the presidential election, I’m hopeful for the first time in a long time." - Rose Carmen Goldberg, a #WriteToChangeTheWorld Alum of The OpEd Project

https://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/with-the-biden-harris-administration-on-the-horizon-theres-reason-for-hope-this-veterans-day/

In the years since I started representing veterans and working on veterans policy, I’ve had little cause for optimism. I’ve had many moments of joy helping clients access life-saving veterans benefits and rebuild their lives. But these victories were islands in a sea of frustration. The federal ...

"Today our country lost a hero. Brave, progressive, a champion for change. She helped alter the course of so many lives ...
11/11/2020
Lucille Bridges, Mother Of Anti-Segregation Icon Ruby Bridges, Dies At 86

"Today our country lost a hero. Brave, progressive, a champion for change. She helped alter the course of so many lives by setting me out on my path as a six year old little girl. Our nation lost a Mother of the Civil Rights Movement today. And I lost my mom. I love you and am grateful for you. May you Rest In Peace" - Ruby Bridges, daughter of Lucille Bridges
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/11/933854762/lucille-bridges-mother-of-anti-segregation-icon-ruby-bridges-dies-at-86

In 1960, she braved death threats and racial epithets to accompany her daughter to the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, desegregating the school.

"Cliches are the first sign that critical thinking is under threat. I am on a mission to banish banality, one speech at ...
11/11/2020

"Cliches are the first sign that critical thinking is under threat. I am on a mission to banish banality, one speech at a time. The OpEd Project is both an ally and a conduit in the fight for fresh expression." - Lee M Pierce, Alum Ambassador The OpEd Project

More about Lee: https://rhetoriclee.com

This week on #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project and master editor Mary C. Curtis, who will live-edit...
11/10/2020
"Ask a Journalist": Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project

This week on #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project and master editor Mary C. Curtis, who will live-edit a few op-ed drafts (chosen from among those you submit) and will answer your questions in real-time.

Thu, Nov 12 at 5pmEST

Register 👇🏿
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-journalist-edit-like-a-pro-with-the-oped-project-tickets-126831200535

This is a live 45-min session with a master editor from our team who will live-edit a few op-ed drafts & answer questions in real time.

🙌Harris is First Black Asian American Woman Elected Vice President! 🙌#BidenHarris2020 #KamalaHarris
11/07/2020

🙌Harris is First Black Asian American Woman Elected Vice President! 🙌#BidenHarris2020 #KamalaHarris

"In a #democracy, all members have a say, not simply those whose voices you want to hear." - Colleen Murphy, a Roger and...
11/06/2020
Commentary: To protect our democracy, remember: Our opponents are not our enemies

"In a #democracy, all members have a say, not simply those whose voices you want to hear." - Colleen Murphy, a Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a #PublicVoices fellow of The OpEd Project

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-trump-biden-voters-enemies-20201105-67ye5ohpkrcudeued4lfjvqsmu-story.html

A democratic society is predicated on the possibility of engagement. To believe it is impossible to engage with tens of millions of your fellow citizens is to give up on democracy.

“My work—both as the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of VISIBLE Magazine and Communications Director for Dallas Truth, Racial He...
11/06/2020

“My work—both as the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of VISIBLE Magazine and Communications Director for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation— is centered around narrative change. The OpEd Project showed me that our voices matter and inspired me to create a platform where everyone's stories could find a home.” - Stephanie Drenka, a #PublicVoices Fellow and Alum Ambassador with The OpEd Project.

VISIBLE Magazine is an online publication committed to making storytelling accessible and inclusive. It is a space for your stories. Learn more at: www.visiblemagazine.com

Furthermore, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It is imperative (especially during this time) to center adoptee voices and their lived experiences. Read Stephanie’s Korean Adoption Blog here: https://stephaniedrenka.com/adoption

#FellowshipFriday #Fellow #TheOpEdProject

Friends. What a gut-wrenching night, and heartbreaking day. I am struggling to absorb the impact. I know so many of you ...
11/05/2020
Transform the World- One Story At A Time

Friends. What a gut-wrenching night, and heartbreaking day. I am struggling to absorb the impact. I know so many of you are too. But stay strong—this is a long game.

If you need to check out and collect your thoughts, I hope you can do that. If you need to vent and scream, I hope you can do that too—somewhere safe and sound-proofed.

And if you need to raise your voice—use us. We’re hosting an #AskAJournalist webinar at 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday 11/5) - as we do every Thursday. Open to all. Info: theopedproject.org/webinars

The webinars are pay-what-you-can, but please feel welcome to use this code to register: 2020OEPWEB

We also post free resources on our website. And for deeper support, join one of our #WriteToChangeTheWorld workshops (scholarships available): theopedproject.org/seminars

And please support us if you can: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/oep2019

But above all, know this—you are not alone. We are here to stay. All of us.

Rain or shine, day or night, year over year, easy or hard, we will continue to fight for a bigger story and for a more inclusive nation.

And friends, steel yourselves, because this is a long game. I don’t just mean the election. Whatever happens today and this week, we are in this for the long haul.

For all the people who got us here, and for all the people who have yet to come. And when the dust settles this week, whatever the outcome, it will be time to strategize.

Because each of us has both the right and the responsibility to shape history with our voices and the voices we lift up.

- Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project

Dear Community, In a crisis, the story we tell has enormous power. We are incredibly proud of the work that you have been doing to ensure those who are most impacted by this crisis are part of the story we tell about COVID-19. You ve ...

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Just the messenger, sharing with permission: "Hi all! I'm an editor at the NYT Opinion section, looking for writers based in Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania or Texas who have a track record of writing about politics (local outlets are great). If this is you, or someone you know, please send me a message with clips. Clips can be either news or opinion writing." This is Devi's account: please message her https://www.facebook.com/devi.lockwood
Can someone advise me on whether it's customary to thank the oped editor after they've published your piece?
I learned so much from this class. It was inspiring.
You walk in thinking you are going to spend a weekend writing, what you get is so much more.
If you love OpEd (and I know you do!) check out some openings we have on our team. Don't miss the opportunity to join this group of women on a mission to change who writes history.
Why is the Media allowed to Discriminate by reporting and not allowing Racism against Black people while at the same time promoting Racism against Native Americans? DICTIONARY.COM REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian. N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. Over the years, Native Americans have faced racist slurs thrown at them from medias all over the country every football season. During that same time, another minority has been protected against racism by the same medias. One must ask himself, how is it that two different minorities can be treated differently without discrimination being involved. The answer is… they can’t. I believe that this matter should be handled by the courts to find out if it is legal to discriminate between minorities. Many people wonder how the name Redskin came about. It is part of America’s terrible past just like Slavery. When the government was paying bounties for the dead bodies of Native Americans to remove them, so they could take their land. The first posters said the word Indian bodies and told how much was to be paid for the body of a man, woman, or child. The Church spoke out against this, not against the killing of Native Americans, but the word body being used. They felt it was too similar to the Body of Christ. Since they saw Native Americans as being animals, not human, the same way they saw black people who were their slaves. They had the word body removed. They decided that since these people are animals and not human that their dead bodies should be the same as animals. When you kill a deer and bring in its dead bloody carcass, we call it a deerskin. A bear, we call it a bearskin. So, from now on the bloody dead carcass of these animals will be called Redskin! It is up to our courts to defend against discrimination to all Americans in this country and therefore on that ground these Native Americans are entitled to the same rights as Black Americans. When they are not, then that is discrimination. When one minority group is favored with favoritism where they are not subject to racist slurs by an entity, but that same entity subjects another minority with racist slurs, that is unlawful discrimination. By a company not allowing the N-word that is offensive to Black people, while allowing the word Redskin that is offensive to another minority that is favoritism discrimination in the obvious form of the law. On the ground of harassment, inappropriate insults, name-calling, verbally, written, or poster or cartoon directed at a person based on their race, color, or nationality, this is discrimination How long will it take before we stand up against hatred and racist people of all people? Will it take the Supreme Court in order to assure us that all minorities are protected, or no minority is protected against racist slurs. - Gregory St. James Mundy - Help us to see that the Media respect all minorities, and they do not have the right to pick and choose when it comes to Racism! https://www.gofundme.com/racism-comes-in-many-colors
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I was fortunate enough to take part in the Op Ed Project workshop at UIC with Michele Weldon and Neil Young back in September. Happy to say the Chicago Tribune is publishing my Op Ed on Monday, November 12!! Thank you!😊
Fellow mentor-editors! What's your experience with submitting the same piece to several smaller regional papers whose circulations don't overlap, like say the Atlanta Constitution and the San Francisco Gate?
Finally, my first published Op-Ed. Thanks for your guidance!