Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor are an easy way to voice your opinion to policy makers and to educate people in your community about the issues that are important to you. Below are the word limits and email addresses to submit letters to Oregon's major newspapers. Include you name, address and phone number (address and phone will not be printed)
MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE - 200 words or less: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER - 250 words or less: email@example.com
EUGENE REGISTER GUARD - 250 words or less: firstname.lastname@example.org
SALEM STATESMAN JOURNAL - 200 words or less: email@example.com
OREGONIAN - 150 words or less: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the Editor are one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper and reach a large audience. They allow community members to comment on the way issues are being addressed in the media and to influence what topics the local paper covers. Elected officals often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents' opinions.
Due to strict space limitations in newspapers, not all letters will be published, but the more letters the newspaper receives on a certain topic, the more likely they are to run at least one letter on the topic. Check the letter guidelines in your local paper and use these tips to write an effective letter to the editor:
- Keep it short and focused.
Many newspapers have strict length limits and edit letters for space. A concise, single-issue letter has a better chance of retaining its salient points and keeping the reader's interest.
- Make specific references.
While some newspapers will print general commentary letters, most prefer letters that respond to a specific article. Here are some ways to refer to an article:
"I was impressed by the comprehensive logging solution outlined in the May 5th article, 'Sustainable Logging on a Roll.'"
"I strongly disagree with Senator Baker's position against increased fuel economy standards 'To be or SUV' June 22)."
- Be factual and highlight aspects of the issue that haven’t been previously addressed.
- Include your contact information.
Many newspapers will only publish a letter to the editor after verifying the author’s contact information. When printed, the letter will usually only include your name and city.
- Type your letter and sign it.
- Send letters to smaller newspapers.
Small newspapers are more likely to print your letter and the letter can then spark local community action.