A San Francisco Alum on Her Op-Ed in The Boston Review


Tanya Maria Golash-Boza

A San Francisco public seminar alum, Tanya Maria Golash-Boza writes about her latest op-ed success in The Boston Review and the resulting responses.  She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of: Yo Soy Negro Blackness in PeruImmigration Nation: Raids, Detentions and Deportations in Post-9/11 America, and Due Process Denied: Detentions and Deportations in the United States.

I attended The OpEd Project workshop in San Francisco last November to learn strategies that would help me communicate my ideas to a broader audience. My goal was to publish an op-ed in a major media outlet – particularly The New York Times.  During the workshop, I learned all that and more. Since the workshop, however, I have realized that publishing op-eds can be less straightforward than I had imagined.

After The OpEd Project workshop, I worked with a mentor-editor, and sent an op-ed off to several major newspapers. I did not receive a single response. Thus, I sent that piece off to Racialicious and Counterpunch. Those alternative media outlets published versions of it.

Trying to publish an op-ed in a mainstream media outlet did not work that time. Ironically, I got my next op-ed published by not trying to publish one.

In January 2013, I wrote a report on mass deportations. It has several graphics and is a bit long for an op-ed. Thus, I posted it on my own blog, thinking people might find the data useful. Roberto Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, saw the post and shared it with his connections in the media. The post generated interest among reporters and I had a phone interview with Elise Foley of the Huffington Post. She wrote a post about the report, and then Salon and Alternet picked it up.

An editor at the Boston Review saw the Salon article and contacted me to ask if I could write something for their next issue. My short piece came out in the March/April issue of the Boston Review

Since then, I have had radio and other newspaper interviews, and have published two Opinion pieces in Al Jazeera.

I will continue to work on my goal of getting an op-ed in the New York Times, but, for the time being, am happy knowing that, wherever I publish, there are myriad ways the information could be disseminated.


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