The Nebraska Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is announcing two events to kick off the start of the academic year. Nebraska SSN is a chapter of the national SSN network, which connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders with America’s top researchers to improve policy and strengthen democracy. The Nebraska chapter is led by Lissette Aliaga Linares, Ph.D. (CAS) and Jodi Benenson, Ph.D. (CPACS).
Sept. 23: Chapter Meet and Greet
From 1-2 P.M.
This event offers an opportunity for Nebraska-area scholars interested in applied and policy-oriented research to learn more about the Nebraska chapter of the SSN, how to become a member, and other ways to get involved.
Sept. 30: OpEd Workshop
From 1:00-2:30 P.M.
The OpEd workshop will provide hands-on training for scholars who want to learn how to write and pitch compelling, research-based OpEds. We will be joined by Geitner Simmons, Editorial Page Editor at the Omaha World-Herald; Dave Bundy, Editor at the Lincoln Journal Star; Domink Doemer, Director of Communications at the Scholars Strategy Network; and Mandana Mohsenzadegan, Communications Associate at the Scholars Strategy Network. Participants will learn how to craft a good lead, identify, and incorporate timely news hooks, signal the author’s unique and relevant expertise, increase the likelihood of publication, and structure an OpEd for maximum impact. The workshop is great for all scholars, whether they have written OpEds before or are just starting to think about writing their first. Participants are asked to come prepared with an idea for an OpEd in mind and will be guided through shaping their idea into a first draft, but this is not required to engage in the workshop.
Please contact chapter leaders Dr. Lissette Aliaga Linares (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Jodi Benenson (email@example.com) for more information.
More about Nebraska SSN
Nebraska SSN was launched in 2020 with a group of interdisciplinary and civically engaged scholars and leaders from colleges and universities across the state. Through partnerships between scholars, the media, policymakers, and civic leaders, we seek to contribute to more effective and equitable policymaking. Particular areas of interest include social policy, immigration, poverty and inequality, civic engagement, and governance at the local, state, and national levels.