Master of Public Policy   Master of International Affairs  

Professional writing for public policy

Whether you will work in government, in an NGO, a political party, parliamentary staff or a think tank - you will always strive to put forward public policy ideas. Public policy ideas however, can only really succeed when their goals get recognised and understood by the public. Therefore, they need to be explained clearly to the news media. To that end, policymakers should package their ideas into one of the two main products that can be processed by journalists and editors: the press release and the article. The press release is written like an objective, factual report highlighting the new aspects of the policy idea and putting it into the larger political context. The article (often referred to as an Op-Ed) gives a strong, well-argued opinion about the policy idea and is supposed to be published under the name of the policymaker - be it in the New York Times or at

Of course, offering these two products to the media does not guarantee that they will cover it and that your policy idea will be readily embraced by the public. But it gives you a fair chance to make your voice heard. Hence, everyone working in public policy should be confident in structuring her thoughts like this and writing them down in an easy-to-comprehend fashion. To prepare you for this, the course will teach you the basic techniques of these two types of texts. At the same time, it aims to help you sharpen your writing skills overall. Eventually, this course should also strengthen your sense of developing storylines and narratives that resonate with the public.