Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor
One of the best ways to get the public engaged in our issues and to educate Congress about the concerns of their constituents is to write letters to the editor of Local paper. Below are a few tips for writing these letters.
- Reference a Recent Article: If possible, it is best to include a reference to recent article that appeared in the newspaper you've selected and then write your letter as a response, building on what was printed or pointing out how your viewpoint isn't included. This greatly increases the likelihood that your letter will be printed.
- Include Your Contact Information: Most newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.
- Be Clear and Concise: Keep your letters brief and to the point. Newspaper editors often edit for length, so try to keep your letter to less than 200 words. The shorter it is, the more likely it will be printed.
- State Your Point Early: Be sure to state your main point in the subject line and in the first sentence of the letter.
- Keep to One Topic: Keep your letters focused on one subject. Use AFA communications as a basis for your message.