Writing About Issues


An issue is a subject of debate or concern. People who write about issues do so to inform, entertain, or persuade readers. Issues can include topics that are controversial or upsetting to some people, such as abortion, gun control, teen pregnancy, religious intolerance, and poverty. They can also be global concerns, such as hunger, overpopulation, and war.

When you write an article about an issue, it is important to research your topic thoroughly. You should be able to present both sides of the argument, and you should clearly state your opinion about the issue. If you are writing about a hot-button issue, it is especially important to avoid making personal attacks.

Generally, an article on an issue should be objective and not swayed by personal opinions or biases. Having an editorial board that can provide feedback can help ensure your article is well written and clear.

Another meaning of issue is something that someone has, or has had: A person who has been accused of fraud may have legal issues; a person who frequently picks fights has anger management issues. This usage is considered euphemistic and imprecise by most of the Usage Panel, which recommends using other words to describe a person’s problems.

A third meaning of issue is a single copy of a publication, such as a magazine or newspaper. When a company or government issues something, it puts it out for the public to view and use.