In summer 2011, Robin Koerner, a then completely unknown writer, had an article published on the Huffington Post that went viral. It inspired a movement, called “Blue Republican”, which endures to this day, and put him on the map as a political activist and a writer in the liberty tradition. Since then, some of Robin’s articles have seen even greater traffic.
On 18th Feb, five people will have the chance to speak with Robin in a kind of masterclass in Political Journalism.
Various questions will be considered. What are the goals of an opinion writer? What makes an article persuasive? Or inspiring? Or memorable? Should the appeal be to the head, or heart? If it should be to both, then how is that accomplished? Sometimes a political writer can tell the reader something he doesn’t know; sometimes a writer helps the reader become conscious of something he already knows, but could never articulate for himself. Many political writers prefer to throw red meat to a partisan readership, which usually makes for big traffic, but not necessarily much of an impact on anything else.
Does a writer have to choose between truth-telling and advocacy, or can he ethically do both?
If you are interested in political writing, and especially (but not necessarily) if you identify with the Liberty movement, join Robin on a call with just four other people to discuss his art. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask him any questions you may have about this work. If you are studying journalism, already active as a political writer, or considering a career in this field, you will likely find this opportunity especially valuable.
The cost will be $30 per student. The proceeds will go to support “Blue Republican”. The call will run at least an hour, and probably significantly longer, depending on interest. The five slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will start at 6pm PT/9pm ET.
Login details will be provided with payment, an active email address, and a short biographical paragraph.