Share advice with the campus community.
Are you a bona fide expert in Subject X, even though there isn’t a soul on campus who recognizes your brilliancy? Do you know more about a specific aspect of campus life than the average student? Sounds like you need to write an advice editorial—an ad-ed.
You’ve heard of op-eds. Just as op-eds offer insightful opinions from members of the campus community, ad-eds offer insightful advice from knowledgeable and informed students. Op-eds open up the table for debates and discussion; ad-eds create a forum for the student body to discuss resources and advice for issues relevant to college students.
Ad-ed subjects take on a variety of forms. The glorious thing is that your ad-ed can be about whatever you want, just so long as:
- It presents an issue or question that cannot be solved by the common man, and
- There’s a market beyond your lone self to read it.
How to submit an advice editorial
- Pitch your idea and explain the premise of your article via email. Consider the issues or questions you'll tackle, and how you're qualified to provide the info.
- The ad-ed editor will be in touch to establish deadlines and an outline of your piece over email.
- Once you finish your article, email it back to the ad-ed editor for an in-person round of preliminary edits. You’ll go over the content of your article, its usefulness, and its applicability to campus life.
- In one final swoosh of edits, you’ll come to the Spec office one evening for a fine-tune with Spectrum’s editors.
To write an ad-ed, recommend a writer, or pitch an ad-ed idea, contact email@example.com, Spectrum’s deputy and advice editorial editor.