Opine Season is an online community opinion page featuring weekly columnists and occasional contributors living in and around Cincinnati. We’re primarily a platform for writers of color, women and young adults, among other underrepresented voices. We’re in a pilot phase until our formal launch, in September 2015.
Nothing like Opine Season exists anywhere. Envision the opinion pages you’d find on the web sites of the New York Times or Washington Post but, instead of journalists, Opine Season will spotlight activists, artists, educators, students and millennials, public advocates and experts in law, healthcare, urban economics and development—all recruited for their smart, strong, provocative voices of conviction. We will pay our columnists once we turn the dial up to daily publication.
Opine Season is actively recruiting columnists. Interested writers can email resumes, cover letters and samples of opinion/column writing. These samples can be extended blog posts, so long as they represent and support strong points of view.
Opine Season’s founding executive director and editor is Matt Peiken, whose career spans broadcast, print, online and entrepreneurial journalism.
In 2013, Peiken developed the first, all-volunteer version of Opine Season, in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The site attracted more than 250,000 page views, sparked numerous comment thread conversations and compelled other local media to take notice—all in just the four months of operation before Peiken moved to Cincinnati to join the digital reporting staff of WCPO-TV. Peiken is rebuilding Opine Season in Cincinnati under a nonprofit business model.