Ask an Editor: Tips and Best Practices for Getting Published

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October 25, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Public Policy, Political Science, Popular Culture Studies, Journalism and Media Studies

The Women’s Thought Leadership Program is hosting a virtual “Ask an Editor” panel discussion. Join us to hear directly from people working in the media about how to write an opinion piece — such as an op-ed or letter to the editor — and get it published. Editors from regional and national media outlets will discuss what they look for in submissions from the public and their editorial process. Q & A to follow.


Juan F. Jaramillo, Assistant Commentary Editor, Dallas Morning News

Juan Jaramillo was a founding member of Al Día, the Spanish publication of The Dallas Morning News, where he served in different capacities since 2003, including, most recently, as Metro Editor. Juan graduated from Hofstra University in New York and earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. Previously, he worked for El Comercio and Diario Hoy in his native country of Ecuador where he covered human rights, courts and politics. 

Anthony Mariani, Editor, Fort Worth Weekly

I have been a journalist for about 20 years, specializing in writing long-form essays and shorter arts critiques and in editing everything from spot news to long-form, policy-impacting investigations. Until entering contests became unaffordable about three years ago, I won numerous first-place awards –– national (AAN), regional (Diamond, First Amendment), and local (Lone Star) –– and in my six years leading the Fort Worth Weekly, a 26-year-old publication with 35,000 followers on Instagram and 23,000 on Facebook, my team has won several awards for our spotless reportage.

Roxy Szal Digital Editor, Ms. magazine

Roxy Szal is the digital editor at Ms. and a producer on the Ms. podcast On the Issues With Michele Goodwin. She is also a mentor editor for The OpEd Project. Before becoming a journalist, she was a Texas public school English teacher. She is based in Austin, Texas. 

Jocelyn Foster Tatum, Executive Editor, One To Know Magazine
Jocelyn Foster Tatum believes news stories are best told through a person and their quest — a narrative. She strives to preserve this art and craft of narrative news writing (or creative nonfiction) through mentorship, teaching, writing and currently as the executive editor of One To Know Magazine, a meaningful women’s publication in North Texas. Jocelyn has been a journalist for 16 years, and she taught at area colleges and universities for 12 years before jumping back into writing and editing full time. 

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