Writing a Letter to the Editor

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Writing a Letter to the Editor

  1. 1. WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
  2. 2. WHAT IS A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? A written way of talking to readers of a regularly printed publication Generally found in the first section of the publication or on the editorial page Can be for or against an issue, or simply to inform Usually less than 300 words
  3. 3. WHY SHOULD YOU WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? You're angry about something and want others to know An issue is so important that you must speak out To persuade others to take a specific action To suggest an idea to others To influence public opinion To educate the public To influence policymakers
  4. 4. WHEN SHOULD YOU WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? Any time you want to shape public opinion, tell others how you feel about something, or just inform the public on an issue To start a community conversation about an issue
  5. 5. HOW DO YOU WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? 1. Open with a simple greeting [Dear Editor:] 2. Mention the article you are writing in response to 3. Explain your opinion 4. Explain why the issue is important 5. Give facts and examples
  6. 6. HOW DO YOU WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? 6. Give some possible solutions 7. Encourage others to get involved 8. Keep it brief 9. Sign the letter. 10.Check your letter to make sure it's clear and to the point
  7. 7. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR LETTERS ACCEPTED BY THE EDITOR? Keep it under 300 words Refer to something recent & relevant in the community Use local examples and personal stories If it's not accepted the first time around, fix it up and try again

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