Don’t pass up this season’s hottest deal — writing for the Kansas Reflector opinion section! – Kansas Reflector

December 16, 2021 by No Comments

Do I have an incredible deal for you!

If you would like to share your opinions, your takes, your perspectives with the Kansas Reflector’s audience, consider this your invitation to submit a commentary column.

Why this message, and why now? I’ve been prompted by a couple of recent events. First, we’ve run some op-eds that prompted a louder-than-usual response on social media. I don’t mind a vigorous debate, of course, but everyone should know that Facebook comments and reply tweets aren’t the only way to contribute.

We want to hear from you directly.

We note the following at the beginning of submitted commentary: “The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state.”

That means our opinion section encompasses a dizzying array of voices, beliefs and policy prescriptions. No, we don’t include the Koch brothers, racists or anti-vaccine extremists among our ranks, but we probably include you.

Do you care about voting rights?

Do you care about health care?

Do you care about organized labor and a living wage?

Do you care about public education, the environment and LGBTQ folks?

Do you care about communities of color — Black people, Latinos, Native Americans, to mention a few — throughout our state?

That list only scratches the surface of potential subjects, but I’m certain there are plenty of passionate Kansans ready to share their experiences and beliefs with others.

So shoot me an email. Let me know about your idea. Or if you have to write the piece first, go ahead. Either way, I enjoy working with writers to polish their pieces for public consumption.

But that’s not all!

I want to tell you about an exchange I had recently with a public relations firm. They occasionally contact me with ideas for columns, sometimes with sample text in hand.

This firm told me they had just the thing for our opinion section. A piece attributable to a local professional that touched on current issues. It was pitched to the generally progressive audience of the Kansas Reflector’s opinion section. A slam dunk, right?

Wrong. As I read the column, something about its smooth wording, perfect syntax and relentless optimism rubbed me the wrong way. I’ve …….



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