The Nebraska Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network (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 Dr. Lissette Aliaga Linares (CAS) and Dr. Jodi Benenson (CPACS).
Faculty are invited to join the Nebraska SSN for a virtual OpEd Workshop on Sept. 30. 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; and Andrew Pope, Director of Training 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 (email@example.com) and Dr. Jodi Benenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.