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Op-Ed Essay

For general instructions about op-eds, please see the instructions for the previous assignment on developing the outline. For this assignment, please write the actual essay.  Indicate the target outlet on a separate line at the top, and provide the word count on a separate line at the bottom.

The essay should state the problem clearly and make a compelling case for the action, including intellectual, ethical or social justifications. Ideally, it should follow an improved version of your outline that takes into account the feedback you received during class.

One important note: be sure not to “bury the lede” by waiting to mention the key point of the essay until the middle or end. The first paragraph has to grab attention with an example or a statistic and must make clear what needs to be done.

The essay should be no more than 750 words.

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