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Training 5
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
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"Writing an Op-Ed"

Facilitators: Charlie Clements and Renée Loth

Clements is Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy.

Renée Loth was a fall 2011 Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center of the Kennedy School and is a columnist of the Boston Globe.

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More about the training::

An op-ed, abbreviated from “opposite the editorial page” (though often mistaken for “opinion editorial”), is a newspaper article that expressed the opinions of a named writer who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper’s editorial board. These are different from editorials, which are usually unsigned and written by editorial board members.

In this training session Charlie Clements and Renee Loth will explore basic matters related to op-eds – the ‘how to’ of writing them, what pitfalls to avoid to keep them for getting discarded, and some strategies related to successfully placement

More about Charlie Clements:

Charlie Clements is a widely respected human rights activist and public health physician. Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Carr Center, he served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (August 2003 - February 2010). Before his position at UUSC, Clements served as executive director of Border WaterWorks, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the El Paso Community Foundation, which assisted small U.S. communities along the border without running water or sewers to construct such desperately needed infrastructure.

For two years in the late 1980s, Clements served as director of human rights education at UUSC, leading a number of congressional fact-finding delegations to Central America. In 1997, as president of Physicians for Human Rights, he participated both in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the treaty signing for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Clements is author of Witness to War and the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary of the same title.

More about Renée Loth:

is a columnist for the Boston Globe and is the newspaper's former editorial page editor. In that capacity, Loth was the highest-ranking woman at the Globe for nine years.

Loth holds a journalism degree from Boston University, where she edited the campus newspaper during the 1970s. She then edited the East Boston Community News, worked as a political reporter for the Boston Phoenix and later became associate editor of New England Monthly magazine. In 1985, she was hired by the Boston Globe as a staff writer for the Sunday magazine. She went on to cover Governor Dukakis and other politicians as a State House bureau reporter. In 1992, she covered the presidential campaign, inaugurating the popular Ad Watch column analyzing TV political ads. She became the political editor in 1993 and deputy editor of the editorial page in 1994.  At the Boston Globe Renee Loth was the newspaper's former editorial page editor. In that capacity, she was the highest-ranking woman at the Globe for nine years.

Renée Loth is a regular contributor to local and national news panels, and is vice-chair of the board of PEN-New England. With the support of traveling journalism fellowships, she has reported from 14 countries. She recently prepared the Discussion Paper: What's Black and White and Re-Tweeted All Over? Teaching news literacy in a digital age.

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