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Newspaper editors, journalists offer expert advice on opinion writing

BRATTLEBORO—Want to get something off your chest? Want to advocate for a compelling social issue? Learn how to write persuasive letters-to-the-editors and op-eds and get them published.

Hear what the editors of local papers expect for effective editorial writing as part of the Media Mentoring Project, a series of workshops produced by Vermont Independent Media (VIM), publisher of The Commons.

Speaking Your Truth: Opinion Writing is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. on Zoom and will feature these professionals — Jeff Potter, editor-in-chief, The Commons; Melanie Winters, news editor, Brattleboro Reformer; Mac Gander, journalism professor, Landmark College; and Elayne Clift, award-winning writer and longtime Commons columnist.

They will coach workshop participants in crafting professional, compelling, and persuasive communications to get your opinions heard — and published.

Olga Peters will moderate the discussion. She is a freelance journalist and host of The Montpelier Happy Hour podcast, and an award-winning former staff reporter for The Commons.

Registration is required; email Geoff Burgess at geoffburgess2@gmail.com for a link to Zoom.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #663 (Wednesday, May 11, 2022). This story appeared on page A8.

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