A letter to the editor is the means by which a reader can correct, or comment on, a recent article that appeared in the publication.
Most letters follow a simple structure. The first paragraph references the recent article and states your position or the position of the ACA. The second paragraph explains why you agree or disagree with the article. Use quotes or statistics to help prove your point. The final paragraph often gives a call to action or directs people where to go for more information.
Here are a few basic rules to follow to help increase your chances of being published:
- Make sure your letter responds to a recent editorial or article. Reference the article and date it was published in your letter and send it within a day or two of the original publication.
- Make sure your letter is short and simple. Most articles are between 200-300 words. Type your letter and include your contact information. Most newspapers will call to verify its accuracy.
- Use statistics or a provocative anecdote when possible.
- When addressing your letter, research the correct name and spelling of the editor.