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Write a Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine is a highly-effective way of getting your voice heard on important issues. Below are a few tips to consider when writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine.

  • Personalize the letter by describing your own situation and including specific details. 
  • Once on the newspaper’s web site, look for a link that says "Contact us,"  "Send a letter to the editor" or something like that.  You can also go to the "Letters to the Editor" section (which may also be called "Opinion," "Commentary" or "Feedback") of the web site to see if contact information is listed there. 
  • Most papers have an e-mail address where letters to the editor can be sent, but sometimes a newspaper’s web site will have an on-line form to fill out instead. 
  • The fastest and easiest way to get a letter to the editor is to e-mail it.
  • Be sure to follow any guidelines listed for letters to the editor.  This most often includes length and contact information that must be provided in order to get a letter to the editor published.