Monthly Archives: December 2010

Londoners: Learn how to write an op ed

On Friday, January 14th, Informed Opinions will deliver an all-day workshop to women working in the NGO sector in London, Ontario, thanks in part to the generous sponsorship of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and … Continue reading

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Timing is everything

… in comedy AND op ed writing — not just in terms of being able to add value through the delivery of surprising and relevant context to a current news event, but also in terms of when you submit. Columnists … Continue reading

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Letters 2: Mission Accomplished!

Further to my last post about letters to the editor, I heard from several people — some I knew, one I didn’t — after my letter about the retrograde fashion photo in The Globe was published. All shared my discomfort with … Continue reading

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Letters to the editor: fast, easy and noticed

Don’t have time to craft a thoughtful, carefully argued 700-word op ed in response to a current issue or spleen-inspiring coverage in your newspaper of choice? Try penning a one or two paragraph letter to the editor instead. It won’t … Continue reading

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Women scientists urged to speak up

Further to my previous post about the Science Media Centre, executive director Penny Park alerted me to a passionately argued piece published yesterday in Nature News. American cell biologist Jennifer Rohn takes up Informed Opinions’ own cause in making the case … Continue reading

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Centre helps media make sense of science

It’s a scary world out there — especially if you’re scientifically illiterate. Is climate change going to drown Manhattan? Will a generation of young people who’ve never owned a land line be felled by brain cancer by the age 35 … Continue reading

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Broadcast opportunities multiply impact

Last week when Carleton journalism prof and former CBC reporter Susan Harada spoke at the government’s official announcement of Informed Opinions’ funding, she cited a current example of just how much impact a timely published op ed can have. Referring … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Timeliness

Partnering with universities is one of the main strategies Informed Opinions is pursuing to support knowledgeable women in contributing their ideas and analysis to the media. So last summer, I pitched an op ed to the editor of University Affairs … Continue reading

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Informed Opinions errs in reporting data

Oops. We made a mistake this week, and we’re sorry. In trying to cram all sorts of data into a one-page news release, we compounded a previous error — and then roped a trusted journalist into spreading our mistake. Ouch. … Continue reading

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