Editorial, Column & Review Writing Training

About this Lesson

Laura Johnston
Associate Professor,
Print and Digital Journalism,
Missouri School of Journalism,
University of Missouri

The media often does more than report the news. It is not uncommon to find an editorial, column or review – all written to provide a point of view not traditionally found in news coverage.

What you will learn

After completing this unit, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between the styles of opinion and news writing
  • Understand the distinction between an editorial or column and a letter to the editor
  • Recognize the decision making process of editorial writing
  • Identify different writing styles between editorials, columns, and reviews

How the lesson works

First of all, this is an asynchronous lesson unit, which means no live events are scheduled for this lesson. You can complete learning activities at your own pace whenever is convenient for you. Despite the asynchronous nature, the learning tasks are organized to help you succeed.

To be successful in this unit, please complete the following tasks:

• Watch the lecture.
• Take the quiz to test your own understanding.  This will help you to strengthen the concepts you just learned.
Optional: Due to the amount of content to be covered in a single unit, we encourage you read these additional resources. Some of the quiz questions might come from the readings in Additional Resources section.

Watch the Lecture



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 Take the Quiz


Direction: Some of the questions might from the readings in Additional Resources below


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Lesson Resources

Lecture Script: Download it here

Printable Quiz: Editorial, Column & Review Writing

ASNE Classroom Resources

Lessons: Editorial, Column and Review Writing

Additional Resources

Jeffrey Seglin, “How to write an op-ed or column

Lourdes D. Servito, Journalism, English and Writing Skills: “Kinds of editorials

University of the Pacific: “How to write an editorial

Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times: “How to write an editorial

Keith Wood, Poynter: “Seven steps to a strong opinion

Website for Association of Opinion Journalists


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