Reflections from a Public Seminar

The Byline Blog

Last Saturday, I attended my first OpEd Project event, a public seminar in Washington D.C. The room was full of bioethicists, lawyers, policy wonks, land rights activists, reproductive rights advocates, and journalists. Many may have expected to receive a training in how to make effective pitches to editors, use more accessible language in their writing, and receive a list of connections for future journalistic endeavors.

What we received instead was a 7-hour training in thought leadership. We got the practical info as well–structuring pieces, how to pitch, etc.–but the real meat was in the morning session.

It’s impossible to capture to the energy, the excitement, and the empowerment that happened in that room. I hesitate to use the phrase “life-changing” because people use it these days to describe burritos or slices of pizza. But this workshop taught a group of smart, talented people how to value their ideas, something that is…

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