Founded by former Roanoke Times editorial writer Chris Trejbal, Opinion in a Pinch offers a unique service—“professional, cost-effective, custom commentary”—to a unique clientele: understaffed editorial boards. It might seem a narrow niche. But in an age of ever-shrinking newsrooms still charged with producing a traditional print newspaper—and a traditional editorial page—Trejbal has found a real market.
Portland Man gets Paid to Broadcast his opinions around the Country
“Last month, an unusual disclaimer began popping up below select editorials in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ‘This editorial,’ it read, in parentheses, ‘was commissioned from freelance editorialists and edited by the Post-Dispatch editorial board.’ Attentive readers had some questions. So did Jim Romenesko, the longtime media blogger. And soon enough it came out that the outsourced editorials had come from a little-known Oregon-based company called ‘Opinion in a Pinch.'”
‘OPINION IN A PINCH’: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH EDITOR EXPLAINS USE OF FREELANCE EDITORIALISTS
Since [former editorial page editor] Tony [Messenger] became metro columnist here in early September, we’ve been using two editorials each week from “Opinion in a Pinch.” That’s a service created by Christian Trejbal and Miriam Pepper for papers that find themselves short of editorial page help. Chris formerly worked for the Bulletin of Bend, Oregon. Miriam was editorial page editor of the Kansas City Star. Like Tony, both were/are active in the Association of Opinion Journalists. There may be others who work with Chris and Miriam, but so far, they’re the only writers who have written for us.
This Oregon Man Will Write Your Opinion For You.
Have a strong feeling about something but aren’t quite sure how to articulate what you want to say? Oregon resident Chris Trejbal will write your opinion for you.