Students were asked to write either an op-ed about an issue, problem or policy of their choice; or to respond to an article that relates to course content and topics. Most students chose to write letters to the editor, but a handful of the students wrote op-eds.
The were to address issues on a local, state or national level. And they were encouraged to grab the audience with examples from practice, offer statistics, provide background and propose a solution; or they could critique or praise something they read.
The students soon learned that it was a difficult task to be brief but also write concisely and powerfully.
“The assignment was quiet timely, given the 2010 elections and [the media coverage] major policies like ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ was receiving during the time of the assignment,” said Zerden.
Those published from Hudgins’ class include:
Jay Jahnes, Nation must address causes of poverty, Greensboro News & Record
Diana Palacios, ‘Doughnut Hole’ causing belly aches for low-income seniors, Independent Tribune
Cindy Portillo, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ keeps good soldiers away, The Daily Tar Heel
Jane Stewart, Illiteracy breeds array of chronic problems, Greensboro News & Record
Sam Warlick, Still thirsting for a COLA, Salisbury Post
Those published from Zerden’s class include:
Lyndsay Cogdill (MSW/M.Div. dual degree), Rehabilitation for convicted felons, The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
Derek Easley, Coples’ tweet out of line with Thorp’s message, The Daily Tar Heel
Colleen Jeske, Addiction knowledge, The Raleigh News & Observer
Nick Lemmon, Republican Congress would not help the needy, The Daily Tar Heel
Erin O’Quinn, Deportation for voting?, The New York Times
Kara Van de Grift, Sensitivity check, The Raleigh News & Observer
Daniel Velez, Cries for help smothered by smoke of a legal high, The N.C. State Technician