Journalism is writing objectively. You need significant and primary data to write articles.
A controversial topic is somewhat unsafe to write or the writer might turn out to be scandalous, or be charged with libel.
Columnists are experts on these controversial topics like politics, law, economic trends, societal issues, government foibles, and current events issues, among others. They know which techniques to use.
Also, the editorial page of newspapers says a lot and explains on such issues.
Before you can write about the controversial issues, you have to study the topic thoroughly, like present enough evidence, conduct an updated research and interview. Moreover, go into investigative journalism. The positive (advantages) and negative (disadvantages) sides must be noted in detail and comprehensively. Beware of gossip, this will demerit your credibility. The writer (journalist/reporter), who delivers authentic facts is standing on a strong ground. If the readers find out, or the editors/publisher might have missed out that you were making-up stories, the writer’s career is doomed.
If you present true data, then you are safe to give your points. Be fair as possible. Get some people or specialists to testify on the controversy, but don’t keep blaming someone or be too preachy. The readers are intelligent. They have their own minds to explore on the topic. Just give them the lead and lay down your information, then your points or principles, and others points, as fair as possible. Remember that objectivity is true facts and figures.
Show the data strongly, and avoid the word “maybe.”
Here are some tips for your news and controversial topics:
1. The facts must be accurate. When in doubt, “leave out.” 2. The facts are not opinions. 3. Answer carefully the questions pertaining to the facts. 4. Omit unnecessary details. The controversial topic is not literature. 5. Present an evidence. 6. Present statistics. 7. Get a sharp photo about the topic. 8. Interview experts on the topic. 9. Be prepared to answer queries. 10. Verify and check the facts. (reference books and/or source books)
Examples of controversial topics are bills passed by law makers, councils, and those that concern the public welfare. But then, in any undertaking courage is needed. If you have something significant to report or verify, if it holds the truth: don’t be afraid.
Truth wins, even way up from the popular. In this present time, we have what we call “people’s power, community power, and networks, among others.
So why not? If it’s good for all, truth is the only way out! Write about it, it’s the one way out.