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Listen to the latest episode of the #MacroSW Podcast which provides information on how to write opinion pieces and why they are used for advocacy.
Q1: Tonight’s chat focuses on advocacy through opinion pieces. What are the benefits of penning opinion pieces and have you ever written one? If so, share your experience.
Q2: This week’s #MacroSW Podcast discussed some tips when writing opinion pieces, such as op-eds and letters to the editor. What advice or resources can you share about ways to get your message across.
Q3: Share some examples of powerful or impactful opinion pieces that you have read. What was it that made them stand-out to you? (i.e. writing style, content, controversy, author, etc.)
Q4: If you were to write an opinion piece today, what would the focus of your piece be? If possible, share some links or resources so other #MacroSW chatters can learn about the topic you want to raise awareness about.
Q5: Opinion pieces are just one way to raise awareness and bring attention to the topic you care about. What are some other ways one can raise awareness about issues that are happening in their community, nationally, or beyond?
Chat Host: Alyssa Lotmore
Alyssa is employed at the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare, where she earned her BSW and MSW degrees. In addition to her main role working as the Assistant to the Dean for Communications and Engagement, she has been co-hosting The Social Workers Radio Talk Show on the University’s FM radio station (WCBD 90.9 FM) since 2013 (Twitter – @socialworkersfm). She also hosts our podcast – The #MacroSW Podcast!
Alyssa created the course Media Savvy Social Work, which allows students hands-on practice in using the medium of radio for advocacy. She has given multiple presentations on the topic, including at the National Association of Social Workers National Conference in Washington, DC. Through all of her projects, her focus is on seeing the public as client, and using different forms of media to reach individuals who may never has considered seeing or using a social worker. As social work professionals, she believes that we need to be media savvy in sharing our expertise and raising awareness about issues that we care about.