write a letter to the editor


Letters to the editor most often discuss a recent event/issue covered by a publication, radio station, or TV program. They are your chance to "sound-off" to your community about issues in the news. They are widely read-so make them an important part of your media strategy.

Elements/Hints

  1. Keep it short and concise-150-200 words. The paper will take the liberty to shorten your letter to suit its format; the more it has to cut, the less control you have of what gets printed. Lead with your most important information.
  2. Check out Pro-Climbing Points for useful information.
  3. Write in short paragraphs, with no more than three sentences per paragraph.
  4. Keep letters positive. No one likes reading negative letters. Instead, try to offer constructive ideas or be part of the solution.
  5. Email your letters and follow with a paper copy. Newspapers appreciate a digital copy but may require a hard copy with your signature for identity verification. Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number at the top of the page and sign the letter at the bottom.
  6. To find your local newspapers visit: www.newspaperlinks.com