This week in Public Relations Writing, we were tasked with writing our own Op-Ed and a Letter to the Editor.
Honestly, I had no idea that I would need to know how to write these two pieces as a public relations practitioner. Through this class, I am starting to learn that public relations practitioners should know how to write literally everything. Your work may be published and it might never be published, but you should know how to do it in case you are placed in a situation that calls for it. I see now that my future employer might be impressed if he asks for someone to write a mock piece of content of any type and I can write one up really quick.
The more you know!
what is an op-ed?
An Op-Ed allows you to use your own voice in your writing. It is an argument about something that is going on in the world. It gives an organization a way to explain to the public what their reasoning is behind a certain campaign or just any situation.
what is a letter to the editor?
A Letter to the Editor is a response to a directly published piece of writing. It is a way for you to command a correction or make bias known. It is typically short and to the point. It is another way for your voice to be heard in response to something you read.
I enjoyed learning how to write these two pieces of content this week and looking through the news to see what I wanted to write about. I definitely can say that I learned a lot this week, and I am glad that I can use these skills in my future as a public relations practitioner.