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Friday, August 23 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Art Of Opinion Writing

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What makes for a persuasive editorial or op-ed essay? At a time when everyone has not just an opinion, but a platform to share it, what's the proper role of the traditional editorial page? How do opinion writers use not just rhetoric and logic, but also narrative and emotion? In this session, opinion editors and writers share their experiences (with some triumphs and horror stories mixed in).

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Location: Gramercy West 

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Sewell Chan

Deputy Editor, Op-Ed/Sunday Review, The New York Times
Sewell Chan is deputy editor of the Op-Ed/Sunday Review desk at The New York Times. Before joining the editorial department in 2011, he was a Washington economic correspondent for the newspaper, the founding bureau chief of the City Room news blog, and a local news reporter. Before he joined The Times, he was a reporter at The Washington Post and has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sewell graduated from... Read More →
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Sharon Chan

Associate Opinions Editor, The Seattle Times
Sharon Chan is the associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times. She manages The Seattle Times' guest columns with an emphasis on diversifying topics, authors and readers. Her column and Opinion Northwest blog posts provide an independent take on issues important to millennials, women and the digital generation. She previously was senior digital producer for The Seattle Times, leading the home page team and working with a team to... Read More →
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Lawrence Downes

Editor, The New York Times
Lawrence Downes, who joined the editorial board in 2004 and writes about immigration, veterans' issues and New York City affairs, has worked for The New York Times since 1993. He served on the national desk as enterprise editor and as deputy political editor during the 2000 presidential campaign. From 1998 to 2000, he was a weekend editor on the metro desk and, before that, deputy weekend editor and copy editor. Lawrence was a copy editor at... Read More →
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Mitra Kalita

Ideas Editor, Quartz
Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz, an online global business publication launched in 2012 by Atlantic Media. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she edited coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and, most recently, reported on the housing crisis. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for The Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated... Read More →
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Dante Ramos

Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Boston Globe
Dante Ramos is deputy editorial page editor of The Boston Globe. Beyond his overall role in helping to shape the paper’s opinion pages, he writes on state and local politics, economic issues, transportation and urban life -- with an emphasis on fostering a more open civic and business climate in Boston. Before joining the Globe in 2006, Ramos worked at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for 11 years, as a reporter and editorial page staffer... Read More →

Friday August 23, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019