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We want to hear your opinions

Two side by side photos. One is a gathering of people standing on the lawn in front of a building that says Champaign County Jail. The other is a grainy screenshot of an emu alongside a highway.
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No really, we do.

You’ve seen us regularly call for writers in ArtsCultureFood & Drink, and Music. We are always welcoming new contributers into the fold. This is a community magazine, and it functions best when we have contributions from a variety of folks in the community.

But did you know that you can also write an opinion piece? Our Opinion section is mostly populated with our weekly Editorial Board offerings, but every once in a while someone with an opinion to share will reach out with a pitch. We’ve published articles on juvenile justicethe emuthe jail hunger strikeaccessory dwelling unitsgender diverse healthcareranked choice voting, and much more.

We know you have opinions. You often share them in comments on social media! That’s great. We want to have discourse about the articles we are sharing, and what is happening here in C-U. You can be for or against something, talk about a serious or more lighthearted topic, you can even disagree with us or another opinion writer (as long as it doesn’t counteract our values of inclusivity and anti-racism).

If you have an opinion you’d like to put into writing, email us at [email protected] and we’ll chat.

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