Letters to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to share your vision for a healthier environment and to help educate readers about the importance of issues you care about. You can congratulate someone for doing the right thing or point out the flaws in an ill-conceived public policy. A well-written, timely letter can help shift public opinion and influence policy.

Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor

  • Keep your letter short and concise. This will increase the chance of your letter getting published. In fact, most papers have a word limit – stick to it! Shorter letters also have a greater chance of being read.
  • Be accurate. Support your letter with facts, statistics, citations or other evidence.
  • Open your letter with a strong statement. The statement might point out an error or misrepresentation in an article, disagree with an editorial position, or add to the discussion by pointing out something readers need to know.
  • Please avoid personal attacks. Remember you are representing others of like mind when you write for publication.
  • Close with a thought for readers to remember. Consider the central point you want people to take away.
  • Your letter should stand on its own (if you’re responding to something previously published, not all readers will have read the original story).

Please refer to the following links for Oregon newspaper-specific guidelines on writing your letter. Make sure to include your name, address and telephone number in your email to your local paper. They won’t publish the personal information, but may call you to confirm that the letter has been submitted by a local reader.

Newspaper-Specific Guidelines for Letters to the Editor. This is not a comprehensive list of all publications in Oregon. If you would like your community newspaper added to this list, please email us.