Sending a Letter to an Editor
Sending a letter is an easy way to make a BIG impact. A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is a letter sent to a publication outlet on issues or concern for readers. Editors do not publish every LTE, but they do pay attention – especially when letters are well written and connected to an article they just published. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Make it relevant: Try to respond to a recent story the paper has published about science or research funding.
- Mind your word count: Strive to write a letter that is less than 300 words; papers will print letters that are short and to the point.
- Send it to the right place: To find Letter to the Editor submission information for your local newspaper, visit the paper’s “Opinion” page on its website and look for Letter to the Editor submission instructions, or look for a “Contact Us” link, usually toward the bottom of the newspaper’s homepage, to find contact information for the Editorial Department and submission instructions.
- Follow instructions: Follow submission instructions closely; some newspapers require readers to send an email including the text of the letter and others require that submissions be sent via an online form.
- Contact information: Make sure that you include your first and last name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, and email address.
If you are interested in sending an LTE, Network staff
can provide you with rules from your newspaper, tips for publication, and a template.