Write a letter to the editor
Letters to the editor are widely read and a great way to get the word out on issues you feel passionate about.
Writing a letter means something
Conserving forests and wildlife almost always involves shaping and garnering public opinion. Letters to the editors of newspapers are effective because–next to the sports section and the comics–they are the most read section of the newspaper. Congressional offices read letters consistently to gage the minds of their constituents.
With one letter to the editor you reach two powerful audiences: the general public and key decision makers such as elected officials and heads of government agencies.
If your letter gets published, be sure and let us know! We'd love to see it.
- You must include your daytime phone number or your letter won't be printed!
- Some smaller local papers will only publish letters about local issues, so be sure to localize the contents of your letter as much as possible.
- Honor the word limit or you risk your letter getting bumped, or at the least, edited by the media.
- Stick to a single topic: making one key point is often the best strategy for creating a powerful, readable letter.
- Timing can be everything! Tie your letter into recent, related news that ran in the same newspaper; papers love to cite themselves.
- If you're sending your letter in an e-mail, don't send it as an attachment. Copy the letter into the body of the e-mail.