top of page

Send a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor and opinion pieces are very powerful advocacy tools.  The editorial section of a newspaper is widely read by the public and is monitored by elected officials. When you write a letter to the editor, be sure to do the following.


  1. Open with a strong statement, and be sure to place the most important information at the beginning.

  2. Use a personal story or illustration to make your point in plain language.

  3. If at all possible, tie your letter to a recent piece of news, editorial, or a prior letter to the editor.

  4. Use email to submit your letter.  Editors like email because they will not have to re-key your letter for print.  

  5. In your signature line include your name, daytime and evening telephone numbers, email address, and mailing address so the paper can verify that you wrote the letter. 

  6. Make sure you know what the word count limits for letters are and stick to them.  

bottom of page