Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor – links below to statewide and regional papers:
- Make sure you know the guidelines for the news outlet where you are submitting your letter.
Your newspaper may have an email address or an online form to use. Some papers still take
hard copies by mail. Or if it’s a smaller rural paper, you may be able to stop by the newspaper
office to hand deliver it.
- Be concise. Write a short, pointed letter. Limit the letter to about 250 words to increase the
likelihood it will be printed.
- Be clear about the point you want to make.
- Share your expertise. In this case you are a person of faith as well as whatever else you want to
share—business owner, farmer, grandparent, teacher, volunteer, etc.
- Include your name, address, and contact information. Many papers will want to contact you
before they print your letter.
Letters to the Editor are an important way for Iowans to fight for faith-based climate action. Even if your letter is not printed, it makes it more likely that a similar letter with your point of view will get be published. So write it and send it, even if it’s not Pulitzer Prize winning quality. The only bad LTE is the one that never got sent!
When writing a Letter to the Editor please do these three simple things:
- Write an LTE and submit it to your local/regional paper and the DSM Register.
- Copy your letter and paste it into the action alert to your Elected Official with this opening text: (Elected Official), I wanted you to know I submitted this letter to the editor to (Place letter submitted) today about how important it is for our legislators to oppose the Sunshine Tax.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of your LTE. Please be sure to let us know who you sent it to and if it got printed.