How to write a Letter to the Editor
One of the most influential sections of newspapers is the “letters to the editor” (LTE) section on topics of the day. Research shows that a well-written, authentic LTE by citizens can help to persuade editors, readers, and decision makers–who carefully monitor the opinions section to gauge public opinion.
Writing an LTE is a meaningful and easy way to advocate for public policies. We’ve provided tips to help you write and submit your next letter to the editor.
WHY WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR?
- LTEs tell decision-makers at newspapers what issues their readers care about. This encourages them to focus more attention on those issues.
- Elected officials and their staffs pay close attention to the LTE section. This is particularly true when their names are mentioned.
- The volume of letters matter; more letters means it’s more likely LTEs on this topic will be published.
- LTEs educate the public on our issues.
WANT TO ADVOCATE FOR SOLAR IN YOUR STATE?
- Watch this 15 minute training to learn how to write a Letter to the Editor.
- Check out our Letter to the Editor one pager to learn more tips and tricks for your next LTE.
- You can reach out to us for help and/or feedback on your letter!