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Writing Opinion Pieces in Mainstream Media


There is an urgent need for faithful Christian presence in mainstream media. How to be salt and light through the writing of opinion pieces? In this talk, Stefan Gustavsson and Espen Ottosen share from their wide experience as evangelical opinion writers in Sweden and Norway, respectively. Based on case studies from their opinion pieces on key Gospel and cultural issues in different newspapers, we get fascinating insights into the actual writing process. Writing in a clear, winsome, and persuasive way is both a craft and an art. This includes such key elements as understanding the context (responding or agenda-setting?), analyzing the issues (what and why?), developing the idea (the argument), grasping the format (the structure), and communicating to the audience (target group(s)). The talk is in a conversation format, including brief presentations and an open discussion.