Write Your Newspaper
Letter to the Editor Tips:
- Be Concise: Keep your letter as short as possible by focusing on one, or at most two, major points. Support your position with facts if possible. Aim for no more than 250 words.
- Close Strong: Consider the central point you want people reading the letter to take away and close with the thought you want readers to remember.
- Include Your Contact Information: You must include your name, street address and phone number. Editors will often contact you to verify that you wrote your letter and will not run anonymous letters.
- Make a Local Connection: Your letter will be more likely to get published if you highlight the local impact of this important issue.
- Stick with the Facts: Be careful about accuracy and avoid personal attacks.
- Demonstrate Your Reach: If you know that others in your community share your opinion, feel free to mention that information.
- Follow-up: Your letter is more likely to get printed if you call the paper to confirm that it was received and ask when it will appear in print.