Interesting Editorial Topics to Write About
The popular topics that one can think about for writing editorials are included in the following list.
- Global Warming
- Future of GM Foods
- Pros and Cons of Organic Farming
- The Victory of Obama
- War in Iraq
- Swine Flu Outbreak
Editorials for Newspapers
The editorials that are written for newspapers deal with current affairs. Such editorials need to be comprehensive in terms of the information they cover; the subjects chosen for writing should also be thought-provoking. Generally, subjects like politics, business and sports are covered under such editorials. An editorial needs to be unbiased and clear in the way it presents facts and ideas. Here are some of the current topics to write about for newspapers.
Editorial Topics on Environmental Issues
There is great variety in topics that one can choose from, when writing on environmental issues. Those interested in discussing environmental issues can voice their opinions through such editorials. Loss of habitat of wild animals, depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, etc. are some of the problems associated with the degradation of environment. Here is a list of editorial topics that one can use for writing on environmental issues.Editorial Topics on Economics
For an editor to find some interesting topics for editorials, it is important that he/she keeps track of happenings in different fields. Economics is one subject which needs to be given due consideration while writing editorials. The topics which you may have to handle when writing on economics include world trade, status of economies of developing and developed nations, economic problems, poverty in under-developed countries, etc.
- Economic Recession
- Role of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) Nations in the 21st century
- US Economy
- Policies of the World Economic Forum
- Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- Fuel Economy
- Relation Between Good Economics and Good Politics
- Effects of Olympics on the Economy of Host Nations
There are many topics on health issues that you can use for writing. In fact, writing editorials is one of the best ways to create awareness about health issues. Here are few important editorial topics pertaining to health issues.
- Ill Effects of Junk Food
- Malnutrition in Third World
- Benefits of Organic Food Consumption
- Obesity Problems in Developed Countries
- Health Education
- Food Safety
- Dealing with Problems of Sedentary Lifestyle
With changes developments fast taking place on the technology front, new gadgets and gizmos are being invented almost everyday. There are rapid changes taking place in the field of science and technology. These changes affect our day-to-day life in many ways. One can think about writing on following topics related to science and technology.Editorial Topics on Agriculture
The editorial topics on agriculture talk about opportunities and issues pertaining to agriculture in today's world scenario.
- Future of Organic Farming
- Agricultural Production and Food Crisis
- Carbon Credits and Farming
- Pros and Cons of Genetically-modified Crops
This section contains some of the general topics to write on. Issues raised by journalists, editors and people in general can be included in the list of general topics.
- Pros and Cons of Capital Punishment
- Do Women Make Better Teachers than Men
- Are Elections the Best Test of Democracy
- Is Money the Biggest Motivator in Life
- Challenges of Editorial Independence
The magazine editorials are written for a certain, 'target audience' and they deal with niche topics. There are different types of magazines operating in different fields like sports, lifestyle, entertainment industry, etc. Let's find out some interesting editorial topics for such magazines.
The editorial topics for sports can help in drawing the reader's attention to different issues in this field, the performing teams, players, etc.
- Significance of Olympics
- How do Sports Bridge National Boundaries
- Doping - How is it Affecting Sports?
- National Team vs Professional Teams
- Contribution of Sports in Reducing Crimes
There many topics that one can write on through lifestyle editorials. Let us take a look at the topics that can be placed under lifestyle editorials.
- Social Relations in the 21st Century
- Green Lifestyle - Influence of Global Warming
- Social and Cultural Changes Induced by Globalization
Editorials on these topics often deal with the current events in entertainment & media industry. Such type editorial topics are preferred by film journalists and entertainment magazine editors.Editorials are not just written for newspapers or magazines in public circulation. Even school magazines that are meant for private circulation reserve space for editorial columns. Editorial topics for such magazines are related to issues faced by school kids. Let us take a look at some of the high school and middle school editorial topics to write on.
Editorial Topics for High School Students
The editorial topics for high school students should be such that they not only appeal to children, but also present before them the problems of the real world.
Editorial Topics for Middle School Students
The editorial topics for kids should be interesting to write on and they should arouse the reader's interest. School kids can start with subjects like forthcoming elections in their town, ill-effects of consuming fast food, etc. Such editorials help in creating awareness in children about what's happening around them. It is observed that children enjoy doing work that involves asking questions and finding information. Such type of activities allow children to sharpen their analytical skills and satiate their curiosity. You may choose from the following editorial topics for middle school.
Good editorial topics are those which take into account the information needs of readers and are appealing. The editorial topics to write about need to be interesting to read. Finally, you should present before readers a write-up that is comprehensive and which contains sufficient information relevant to the topic.
Writing an Editorial
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CHARACTERISTICS OF EDITORIAL WRITING
An editorial is an article that presents the newspaper's opinion on an issue. It reflects the majority vote of the editorial board, the governing body of the newspaper made up of editors and business managers. It is usually unsigned. Much in the same manner of a lawyer, editorial writers build on an argument and try to persuade readers to think the same way they do. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue. In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.
1. Introduction, body and conclusion like other news stories
2. An objective explanation of the issue, especially complex issues
3. A timely news angle
4. Opinions from the opposing viewpoint that refute directly the same issues the writer addresses
5. The opinions of the writer delivered in a professional manner. Good editorials engage issues, not personalities and refrain from name-calling or other petty tactics of persuasion.
6. Alternative solutions to the problem or issue being criticized. Anyone can gripe about a problem, but a good editorial should take a pro-active approach to making the situation better by using constructive criticism and giving solutions.
7. A solid and concise conclusion that powerfully summarizes the writer's opinion. Give it some punch.
Four Types of Editorials Will:
1. Explain or interpret: Editors often use these editorials to explain the way the newspaper covered a sensitive or controversial subject. School newspapers may explain new school rules or a particular student-body effort like a food drive.
2. Criticize: These editorials constructively criticize actions, decisions or situations while providing solutions to the problem identified. Immediate purpose is to get readers to see the problem, not the solution.
3. Persuade: Editorials of persuasion aim to immediately see the solution, not the problem. From the first paragraph, readers will be encouraged to take a specific, positive action. Political endorsements are good examples of editorials of persuasion.
4. Praise: These editorials commend people and organizations for something done well. They are not as common as the other three.
Writing an Editorial
1. Pick a significant topic that has a current news angle and would interest readers.
2. Collect information and facts; include objective reporting; do research
3. State your opinion briefly in the fashion of a thesis statement
4. Explain the issue objectively as a reporter would and tell why this situation is important
5. Give opposing viewpoint first with its quotations and facts
6. Refute (reject) the other side and develop your case using facts, details, figures, quotations. Pick apart the other side's logic.
7. Concede a point of the opposition — they must have some good points you can acknowledge that would make you look rational.
8. Repeat key phrases to reinforce an idea into the reader's minds.
9. Give a realistic solution(s) to the problem that goes beyond common knowledge. Encourage critical thinking and pro-active reaction.
10. Wrap it up in a concluding punch that restates your opening remark (thesis statement).
11. Keep it to 500 words; make every work count; never use "I"
A Sample Structure
I. Lead with an Objective Explanation of the Issue/Controversy.
Include the five W's and the H. (Members of Congress, in effort to reduce the budget, are looking to cut funding from public television. Hearings were held …)
- Pull in facts and quotations from the sources which are relevant.
- Additional research may be necessary.
II. Present Your Opposition First.
As the writer you disagree with these viewpoints. Identify the people (specifically who oppose you. (Republicans feel that these cuts are necessary; other cable stations can pick them; only the rich watch public television.)
- Use facts and quotations to state objectively their opinions.
- Give a strong position of the opposition. You gain nothing in refuting a weak position.
III. Directly Refute The Opposition's Beliefs.
You can begin your article with transition. (Republicans believe public televison is a "sandbox for the rich." However, statistics show most people who watch public television make less than $40,000 per year.)
- Pull in other facts and quotations from people who support your position.
- Concede a valid point of the opposition which will make you appear rational, one who has considered all the options (fiscal times are tough, and we can cut some of the funding for the arts; however, …).
IV. Give Other, Original Reasons/Analogies
In defense of your position, give reasons from strong to strongest order. (Taking money away from public television is robbing children of their education …)
- Use a literary or cultural allusion that lends to your credibility and perceived intelligence (We should render unto Caesar that which belongs to him …)
V. Conclude With Some Punch.
Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed. (Congress should look to where real wastes exist — perhaps in defense and entitlements — to find ways to save money. Digging into public television's pocket hurts us all.)
- A quotation can be effective, especially if from a respected source
- A rhetorical question can be an effective concluder as well (If the government doesn't defend the interests of children, who will?)
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