Writing to Newspaper Editors
A good letter to the editor is one that gets published in your local paper. The following are a few tips on crafting a response to current events that will capture an editor's attention.
Follow the newspaper's submission guidelines. Include your name, address, and phone number. They will call to verify that you wrote the letter.
Be as brief as possible. Check the paper's Op/Ed page or website for allowable number of words in a Letter to the Editor. Be sure to meet those space requirements - long letters will rarely be printed at all.
Make one point clearly. Use simple, direct language.
Be positive. Avoid angry, combative language. Explain what personal experience led to your point of view.
Editors Note on writing to editors: Radwaste Solutions Editor, Nancy Zacha, comments on what the nuclear professional can do to promote clear thinking on nuclear issues.
Last updated June 27, 2012, 8:47am CDT.