Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor
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The letter to the editor section of the newspaper is one of the most widely read sections. Responding to an article or editorial previously published in your local paper offers a chance to increase awareness about healthcare reform and to offer your opinion of why it's time to find a way.
Keep these tips in mind when writing a letter to the editor.
- Keep it short. Three to four paragraphs is a good general length, but know your outlet. Read through the letters from the past several days to get a sense of what length that outlet prefers
- If possible, tie the letter to a Lead the Way campaign and/or an upcoming event
- Make one clear argument and be sure it relates to the previously published article or opinion piece to which you're responding.
- Cite the article or opinion piece in your letter.
- Stay calm and constructive in your writing.
- It is ok to follow up on your submission with an e-mail or a call within a day or two, but keep in mind that editors receive hundreds of letters and may not respond immediately.
- If the outlet does not use your letter, consider making your opinion known on the outlet's Website either by posting a comment in direct response to the specific article or by participating in the outlet's online blog.
Click here to link to the media center where you can select a newspaper and submit your letter electronically.