Thanks for a great class today everyone. I talked to Paul Chauvet at Computer Services and he can implement a new design/theme for our website and transfer all our content to the New URL on Monday April 21. That means if you need to update the site after Monday April 21, you will need to do so on the NEW URL. I will send an email with details on how to do that. Ideally, though, plan to finish all work on the current website by Monday morning. That way your content will get transferred over by Paul.

Either way, for next class, please:

  • Finish everything on the Final Draft Checklist. If you finish updating everything before Monday April 21, then you will not need to fuss with the new URL. If you update after Monday April 21, you will need to do so on the new URL (details to come). Either way, this work should be done by next class on the 23rd.
  • For those of you still working on your drafts, email me your final draft at by Monday April 21. I will email you a line edit, and you can finish the final draft checklist for class on April 23
  • Please VOTE on our new website theme. Results will be collected on Monday April 21.
  • Write a three-sentence pitch for an op-ed/letter to the editor, and 3-5 places that might consider such an op-ed/letter for publication. The pitch should include your credentials, a relevant news hook, and a concise statement of opinion which you feel strongly about and can back up with one or more pieces of supportive evidence. See below for more details.

Tips for writing your op-ed pitch

The op-ed pitch should include three PERFECT SENTENCES. The first sentence introduces who you are and why people should listen to what you have to say. (I suggest the following: you are a freelance reporter and contributor to Tick Talk, an investigative project on Lyme disease from SUNY New Paltz.) The second sentence describes the news hook. It could be a recent quote from a politician, a recent or upcoming public event, a new study, a new government report, a new bill, or anything else that might be covered in the news.

The third sentence gives your pithy statement of opinion about the news hook. Below are the powerful, concise, and supportable opinion statements that we came up with in class. If you missed class or want to change your topic, that is fine, but please do not duplicate:

  • Some kids with ADD may have Lyme (Jordan)
  • Lyme is more devastating than you think (Esther)
  • Drug companies are not investing enough in Lyme vaccines (Kelsey)
  • Lyme disease is not scaring away the hikers (Jen Newman)
  • Lyme disease overdiagnosis is a real problem (Katie)
  • The state funding system is not working (Quinn)
  • Lyme disease patients are rightly suspicious about the medical establishment (Smaranda)
  • Early detection of Lyme disease is crucial (Jen McGreevey)
  • Lyme is more than the bulls-eye rash (April)
  • There is more than one way to treat Lyme (Annie)
  • To reduce Lyme, we need to protect the environment (Laura)
  • Our town is not doing enough to raise awareness of Lyme (Zameena)
  • We need more scientific research on Lyme (John)

Next class: we will be discussing your pitches and developing the op-eds into 300-word publishable pieces.

We will also be having our group photo taken sometime during the next class. Thanks to Jen McGreevey for organizing!