Fellows’ Opinion Editorials
Conveying relevant, timely opinions and ideas to the general public is an important skill for leaders interested in making and influencing public policy. That’s why Action Canada works closely with Fellows to enhance their skills in writing op-ed and commentary pieces worthy of publication in national newspapers and magazines, both print and electronic, and to familiarize them with the instruments of social media.
In each fellowship year since 2005, eminent Canadian journalists and editors have worked with Fellows on their commentary writing skills. Fellows have benefited from the expertise of journalists such as Manon Cornellier, Alain Dubuc, John Fraser, Stephen Hume, Jacquie McNish, Antonia Maioni, Roy McGregor and Jeffrey Simpson. Andrew Cohen, Professor of Journalism and International Affairs, Carleton University, leads our op-ed writing program.
This writing exercise illustrates for the Fellows an effective method by which to engage with the public on a policy issue and to contribute to enhancing civic society. As a result of this focused leadership skill module, many of the Fellows’ op-ed articles each year, are published in major Canadian media outlets.