This Webinar/Workshop is a new initiative that aims to make our voices heard and presence felt through “Letters to the Editor” or “Op-Eds.” We will learn how to utilize local media outlets to not only start but also sustain a nationwide conversation on and about Asian Americans. We have assembled a special group of speakers and panelists consisting of media experts, veteran journalists, and active UCA members who will talk about the impact of writing to media outlets; the ins and outs of writing a letter to the editor and an op-ed; and resources UCA can provide along the way. The workshop will also feature a live-editing demo to provide hands-on training of op-ed drafts.
Recently, a few of our UCA members have written and published Letters to the Editors and Op-Eds. These publications can be submitted by stakeholders like us and are effective to introduce us to the broader communities and to address the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. A newspaper’s “Letters to the Editor” and “Op-Ed” sections serve as public forums where readers can participate in discussions and debates over matters of public importance. We believe UCA members can utilize this public space to our benefit.
The immediate goal of this initiative is that our members reach as many local newspapers as they can to tell their stories and share their thoughts on recent events. The long-term goal is that our members all feel comfortable to write to the newspapers to express their views when stories, events as well as policies affect us.
Please join us in this meaningful endeavor to make a positive change!
We encourage you to prepare a draft of “a letter to the editor” or an op-ed (no more than 800 words ) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Curtis will choose two drafts and live edit them during the webinar. Her recent edited pieces have been published in The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Please visit https://www.theopedproject.org/ for free resources.