Op-Ed Project Sees Success With Program’s First Alums
(Media Report to Women) The Op-Ed Project was launched in 2008 with the goal of increasing the number of women’s voices on the opinion pages of newspapers and in other media where opinion is increasing as a staple but where women’s opinions are a small minority of the content.
Founder Katie Orenstein and associate Anne DePree report encouraging results from participants in the public seminar programs The Op-Ed Project organizes; from those who in another program that pairs new op-ed writers with experienced ones; and from women who become fellows of The Op-Ed Project and commit to a year-long program of specific publishing goals.
“The average success rate for our programs is 25 percent, which is based on number of op-eds published, not the number of individuals published. The success rate of those who use the mentor-editor pool is nearly 60 percent. The success rate of our fellowship model is over 100 percent at the halfway point, based on the number of op-eds published, not the number of individuals published,” say Orenstein and DePree.
“The success rate of public programs varies widely, however, the first Chicago session had 26 people, which has generated 25 op-eds … we think those are extraordinary statistics.
“The main area where women's voices are well-represented are on topic matters pertaining to women. Consequently, this is one area that we don't focus extra attention on. Areas where women are underrepresented in general are areas in which additional women's voices can be valuable; for example, technology, business, military.”
The Byline Blog on the OEP website tells the story of recent successes: http://theopedproject.wordpress.com/