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Dani McClain writes and reports on race, reproductive health, policy and politics. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with The Nation Institute. McClain’s writing has appeared in outlets including Slate, Talking Points Memo, Al Jazeera America, Colorlines, EBONY.com and Guernica. Her feature reporting has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

McClain reported on schools for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and interned on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. From 2008 to 2012, she served as a strategist and media director at ColorOfChange, the nation's largest online black political organization. She has a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Columbia’s journalism school.

Finding The Words, Raising Your Voice: Do you want your thoughts on that recent school board decision or the police shooting that's shaken your community to reach a broad audience? Together we will practice writing news analysis and commentary that has the power to inform opinions and frame the news of the day. Participants will learn how to move from having an emotional response to breaking news to constructing a passionate, well-researched op-ed. You will also learn how to decide where you want your op-ed published and how to write a compelling pitch to make that happen.