Writing a letter to the editor (LTE)? Fantastic.
Few people realize just how important an LTE can be. The letters page is often the second most
read part of your newspaper and your message can have a very broad impact. Let us know if your letter gets published
(email Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift) and we’ll send you an NTU
gift bag to thank you for going above and beyond.
Need some inspiration? Click here to find a sample letter to the editor to get started.
Here are some simple tips on LTEs:
1.) Follow the KISS rule (Keep it Short, Simple) – keep your letter to only one major topic and between 250-500 words.
Check with your local newspaper and follow their submission
instructions carefully. These days, most only take LTEs via
3.) Feel free to make a follow up phone call to make sure your letter was received.
If you have the opportunity, LTEs are a good time to thank your
legislator for his or her hard work on this important issue, while
at the same time informing readers.