Editorials, columns, and editorial cartoons are classified as
opinion pieces. That they are. Opinion established through observation,
interviews, research and documentation. They must be.
"Only a Matter of Opinion?"
introduces teachers, students and all interested to opinion
pieces, with the purpose of encouraging all to write and to
draw their own opinion pieces after instruction and research.
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Expressing opinions to a mass audience. While everyone has
an opinion, few realize the organization and research involved in
crafting responsible editorials.
Writing with a distinctive voice and special focus. Columns
and commentators may anger us, entertain us, or reinforce our own
positions but they will usually make us think.
The art that allows practitioners to ridicule society's idiosyncrasies,
praise its deeds and express their views in an engaging medium.