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How to Write Like an Action Hero!

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Letters to the editor are an important forum for public discussion, where you can educate and influence others. Here are ten tips on how you can effectively make your voice heard.

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How to Write Like an Action Hero!

  1. "F. Ten tips for writing i effective letters to the editor
  2. Letters to the editor are an important forum for public discussion, where you can educate and influence others. of - ‘U: ( of ) ‘ " " fikfi r'= ?%& 0% ‘ K ‘ u - , _”*> Ks I ' at E-iere“s how you can etteotiveiy ake your voice heard.
  3. Read the whole article before responding.
  4. J Respond quickly. After about three days, the news cycle, online conversation, and public attention span move on.
  5. Make sure you write to the correct newspaper. Many news sites and aggregators republish content produced by other news organizations.
  6. 7 _ , .»A l = __ , .- 2 7 ‘. "#3., N 1%‘ , ~. $» Q 4?‘ ‘* ‘RA’ ’ I Keep your letter short. A letter weighing in at L" 200-250 words is a good target.
  7. .- x Write in your own 0 words. Don’tAcop’y and paste text from thingsyou see elsewhere. I
  8. Be respectful. No inappropriate language or personal attacks. 'I . ’ 7‘
  9. Sign your real name and include your email and phone number. Don’t make it * "difficult for editors to reach you.
  10. Keep your letter exclusive to one news service. Don’t send the same letter to another newspaper. And don’t CC your laundry list of family, friends, activists, politicians, organizations, or mailing lists either. / “ 5 p.
  11. 0 Do you have the correct email or snail mail address? Did you follow the papefs submission guidelines?
  12. [5 Papers receive hundreds of letters every day — far more than they “ - ) , have room to publish. / H‘ ( . . - ‘xx in, '. '5" - V "~ _ , - If yours isn’t printed, don’t be discouraged or take it personally. Keep plugging away.
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