Now that the debate about the NYC Mosque has died down and OCON 2010 has come to a close, I want to remind you to pledge for Paul Hsieh to publish an op-ed in a top-tier newspaper in 2010.

You’ll find the details of the pledge terms in that original post. But in essence, I’m asking you to help motivate Paul to publish in one of the four top-tier national newspapers — Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, or Washington Post — sometime in 2010. The deadline is August 6th. If we’ve raised enough funds by noon on August 6th to justify the additional work required for Paul, then he promises to make a serious effort to publish in one of those top-tier papers.

Publishing an op-ed in a top-tier paper is no small feat. Paul knows that, and he’s not sure that he’ll be able to do it by the end of 2010. You’re not pledging for effort; you’re pledging for results. So if he’s successful, then you’ll owe him your pledge when he publishes. But if he’s not, you’ll owe him nothing.

I’m so grateful for the pledges so far… but they’re not enough yet. Please add your own contribution to the pot, if you’ve not done so already. You can do so with this form:

In the comment box, I’d love if you would say something about why you’ve decided to pledge. What does Paul’s work mean to you?

Here are two of the comments already submitted with pledges:

Paul provides consistent and high-quality writing. Not only is his knowledge of the topics he writes on expressed in his output, but his profession (and experience in it) gives him a unique and respectable stand point to write from, which makes him an even more credible representative to outsider eyes.

And:

Paul has shown that even a busy working professional can be a bona fide intellectual activist, if one has the focus and the drive to do it. That’s inspiring to me, someone who shares his interest in the government’s effects on health care.

So true! If you value Paul’s work, please pledge to support and expand it.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments or e-mail me at diana@dianahsieh.com.

   
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