A Letter to the Editor

Do you feel strongly about an issue and want to let people know what you think?

Try writing a letter to the editor.

With today’s modern Facebook posts and Twitter rants, we hardly think about sharing our opinions in a formal written way. This month, I challenge you to sit down and really think carefully about your position for or against an issue and write a letter to the editor.

Letters to the editor can be found towards the front section of a newspaper or magazine and are often one of the most read parts of those types of publications. You can use it to talk about your opinion on a certain article that previously appeared in the publication, respond to something you saw on the news, express your stance for/against an issue or simply to inform others about an issue from a different perspective (yours!). If you care deeply about something, writing a letter to the editor is a great way to raise awareness, express your opinion or even inspire action.

How can you do this? Take a look at your local newspaper or favorite magazine and see where the Letter to the Editor section is. Oftentimes, you can find information there on how to send in your own letter. If not, try searching on the paper or magazine’s website to find their personal guidelines and directions for submissions.

Remember, think carefully about what’s important to you and why, take the time to write down your thoughts, provide any evidence to back your claims (if necessary), make sure you follow all submission guidelines, and send it in. Who knows, it just might get printed!

-Danielle Strandson

Submit to the New York Times: 

http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/editorial/letters/letters.html

Submit to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:

 http://www.telegram.com/section/letters/

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