The letters sections of newspapers and magazines present great opportunities for getting your message to a wide audience. In local and regional papers, letters to the editor are read by local activists, government officials, legislators and many community members.
The most effective persuasive writing appeals to both emotion and logic — incorporate an element of each in the space allowed. Feel free to reference our Get the Facts and News Room for information to include in your letter.
Keep it brief and to the point –newspapers have a word limit of about 250 words (about 3 paragraphs).
Localize your letter – explain how members of your community will be affected. Lend credibility to your letter by noting your professional experiences in the community that prompted you to write on this topic.
Be sure to include your name, title, address and daytime phone number – editors like to confirm that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is on it. Also be sure to provide your professional title and affiliation, as it lends credibility to your letter. You can use the form below for the correct format and select the paper you wish to make a submission.
Be sure to mail a copy of your published letter to your local elected officials, state legislators and the Governor – policymakers subscribe to local newspapers in their districts. You can continue to build your relationship with them by sending copies of your letter.