How to Write a Letter to the Editor
Writing letters to our community newspapers is a great way for you to help our cause and make your voice heard.
Here are a few tips for writing an effective letter:
- Start off clearly stating your position. Your opening sentence is very important. It should tell readers what you’re writing about and entice them to want to read more.
- Keep your letter short and sweet, with your most important thoughts first – no more than 250 words! If your message is longer, consider submitting an op-ed article, instead, which allows for 650 to 750 words. Learn more here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/bal-oped-submission-ngux-htmlstory.html
- Personalize the issue. How does Superintendent Martirano’s Proposed Attendance Area Adjustment Plan directly impact you and your family?
- Use statistics to bolster your letter and “drive home” your message. We have compiled a variety of research for your use – check it out.
- Have an idea on how to address this issue? Let our community know!
Here is how to submit your letter:
The Baltimore Sun:
Use this form: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/bal-letter-submission-ngux-htmlstory.html or email email@example.com.
The Washington Post:
Use this form: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/letter-to-the-editor/
When emailing your letter, be certain you start your email subject line with “Letter to the Editor:” followed by your topic. Always copy and paste the text of your letter into the body of your email – do NOT send an attachment or use letterhead.
Begin your letter with the salutation “Dear Editor” and in closing, be careful to always include your name, address and phone number. A newspaper won’t publish your contact information, but they may need to contact you to verify you are a legitimate source.