If you’re reading this right now, you no doubt know how powerful the voice of young conservatives can be. We may still be in college, some of us may not even be able to vote yet, but we have strong opinions and a desire to share conservatism with the world.  The best way to do that is through writing. In our Internet age, it is easier than ever to get published before you even get your degree.

The first step to understanding your potential for publication is figuring out if you want to be a journalist, reporting facts and figures, or an opinion writer. Don’t pretend to be a journalist when you’re actually an opinion writer. It doesn’t help anyone, and it won’t help you. It is fine to be an opinion writer, but you should always be upfront that you are offering your opinion.

If you’re unsure of whether your writing is good enough to be published, don’t be afraid to look for an editor around you. Friends who have been published before, or who are known to be good writers, are great editors. If you have a teacher you really admire who has the time, they might be willing to read your piece for you. Don’t be afraid to ask.

If you truly think you want to become a published writer, you need to be ready for some nasty comments, even if your writing isn’t that controversial. The comments section can be nasty, even on conservative sites. If you’re the type who can’t take criticism, even if it is constructive, writing might not be for you. People will criticize your writing and putting it out there to the public invites that. You don’t have to read the comments section, in fact, I seriously advise against it, but you have to know that it will exist.

If you’re looking to write an opinion piece, the Op-Ed Project has some great insight. Forbes also offers some great tips for aspiring journalists. Maybe you want to start your own political blog?

More than anything, don’t be afraid to put your opinions out there. You have every right to be heard. The Left will try and silence you, but there is an army of young conservative writers out there to help you. We can only advance the conservative movement if we are making our ideas known!

Here are six specific places to get published as a college student, but there are plenty more:

  1. Future Female Leaders of America

  2. Lone Conservative

  3. Campus Reform

  4. Red Alert Politics

  5. Your School Newspaper’s Opinion Section

  6. Your own blog

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member