Editorials Follow 9-Step Process…Kind Of

Real Family Values– The New York Times

  1. Does it have a topic?
    1. Well yes. Everything that is written needs a topic. This editorial is about the unconstitutional nature of the Defense of Marriage Act.
  2. Determine the purpose of the editorial.
    1. The purpose of this particular editorial was to tell the public the NYT’s stance on same sex marriages and to point out that labeling marriage as only between a man and a woman is discrimination.
  3. Determine the audience for the editorial.
    1. The audience is anyone who is interested in equal rights for all citizens of the USA. More specifically, liberal minded people who read the New York Times and who are concerned with same sex marriages or marriage in general.
  4. Deciding on the tone of the editorial.
    1. This editorial is kind of angry, and Republican bashing. The writers are clearly upset at the injustices happening in our court systems.
  5. Research
    1. They obviously researched the act. Also they researched what Republican leaders would do should the act be repealed. The NYT found out that the Republicans are willing to hire outside lawyers with taxpayers money to fight for the DOMA.
  6. Determining the general format
    1. It is a one sided argument (because they’re right. Duh.)
  7. Writing the beginning
    1. Grabs the reader by starting with something the president did.
    2. Informs the reader by telling them what DOMA is, how long it’s been in place and what Republicans can do to fight its repeal.
  8. Writing the Body
    1. They made their arguments quick, clear and consice because it is a touchy subject and if they get too heated with it they will lose a lot of readers.
  9. Writing the Conclusion
    1. They took a stand by stating, “Republicans like to cast themselves as the protectors of “family values.” But that mantle properly belongs to President Obama and the Congressional Democrats committed to ending this atrocious law.”
    2. Their main call to action was their closing that spelled out how discriminatory DOMA is.

L.A.’s Massage Parlor Mess– The L.A. Times

  1. Does it have a topic?
    1. This editorial is about the growing problem of massage parlors as disguses for brothels.
  2. Determine the purpose of the editorial.
    1. The purpose is to expose to the public that although budgets are dwindling, other cities have managed to keep their brothels under close watch but L.A. is letting a lot of things slip through the cracks.
  3. Determine the audience for the editorial.
    1. The audience for this editorial is anyone who lives in Los Angeles.
  4. Deciding on the tone of the editorial.
    1. The tone of the editorial is sassy and harsh, which is probably the right attitude needed when you are battling prostitutes. Their opening sentence is “Can’t Los Angeles do anything right?”
  5. Research
    1. They looked in to massage therapist licensing law changes, and what other cities have done to monitor those businesses. The L.A. Times also needed to have knowledge of the city’s budget.
  6. Determining the general format
    1. This was a semi-two-sided argument. They mostly bashed the city, but also gave a nod to the other side of what people might think.
  7. Writing the beginning
    1. They started out attacking the city.
  8. Writing the Body
    1. Then they mentioned the problem, what other cities have done, and then they mentioned the other side of the argument. I liked the way they wrote their body because you can tell that they were very genuinely pissed when they wrote the editorial.
  9. Writing the Conclusion
    1. Their conclusion didn’t have a call to action at all. It was mostly a sad shake of the head towards the city. The writers are disappointed in what their city has become and they told their public officials that they deserve more than what they have.

Originally Published on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 21:58

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