How to write a Letter to the Editor

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Watch a Short Training on How to write an LTE

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 everyday 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 that more LTE on this topic will be published.
  • LTEs educate the public on our issues.
  • LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

    1. Watch this training to learn how to write a Letter to the Editor.
    2. Check out our Letter to the Editor one pager to learn more tips and tricks for your next LTE.
    3. Reach out to us at [email protected] if you would like feedback on your Letter to the Editor or have any questions. Be sure to let us know when you submit your next LTE!

    Watch a Short Training on How to write an LTE

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