TIPS ON LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
1) Keep it short – Keeping your letter to about five reasonably short sentences will increase the chances of having it published, reduce the chance that it will be edited for length in a way you don’t like, and make it more likely to be read if it is published.
1. Be strategic in choosing the author(s).
- Someone the editors might like because well known (such as politician or religious leader) or unusual (such as surprising ally or a person with a gripping story to tell).
- Someone who helps build broad public support (might mean a respected community advocate for quality services instead of a public employee union leader).
- Should be seen as having particular expertise or personal experience on the issue.
- Normally just one person, but sometimes works to have co-authors who make an interesting or surprising combination. Never more than two.