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Course Detail

RS-MC-001 - How to write an opinion piece and get published

Audience: all academic staff, but particularly early career researchers

The last few years have seen a huge growth in demand for opinion-led journalism, and as an academic with expertise in a specialist field your views are highly valued by a wide range of media outlets. A good opinion piece will entertain and inform, promote your work, and enrich public debate. In this session you will learn how to spot an opportunity for an opinion piece, how to pitch your idea, and how to write so that your editor comes back to you for more.

This workshop will be co-delivered by a guest speaker from the Conversation.

Keywords: QMUL Media Training; opinion-led journalism; promote your research; idea pitching; writing


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Know what an opinion piece is – recognise different types and what makes a good one
  • Establish the benefits and pitfalls of writing opinion pieces
  • Learn how to pitch your piece
  • Write a good opinion piece, finding a style that works for you
  • Understand the importance of building an academic profile online and how to have an effective presence on social media

Provided by: Researcher Development


Date: Monday 10 February 2020

Venue: Scape 0.15, ME, Scape, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr P Jordan
S. Halkyard and a guest speaker from The Conversation