A letter to the editor is a brief letter to a newspaper, with the broad intention of giving a voice to readers. To this day, “Letter to the Editor” sections remain amongst the most popular of newspaper content.
As Democrats, we can utilize opportunities like these to inform our friends and family about the issues here in Missouri that impact them MOST. We can call on neighbors, community leaders, and politicians to take action. And we can hold our elected officials accountable.
Your letter should be sent to a local newspaper or publication, whether it be your town’s paper or the metro’s paper.
In preparation of writing your letter, you should identify an appropriate publication to send the letter to, then find their rules and deadlines regarding letter submissions (e.g. emailed, faxed, delivered by mail, etc.). Click below to search for the local paper right for you!
People aren’t turning to local newspapers for coverage on national politics or electoral speculation anymore – instead, local newspapers are becoming more prized for their investment in educating the public on capitol issues.
This gives you the perfect opportunity to talk about what Missouri’s Democrats are fighting for, from expanding Medicaid for the 300,000 hard working Missourians in need and fully funding our public schools, to reestablishing the integrity of our elections and ensuring equal protection for all Missourians.
Write about the issues that matter most to you.
A letter to the editor represents a rare opportunity for the average citizen to engage their community, the press, and even elected officials.
But before we get started, let’s go over a few quick tips:
Now that you’ve selected a publication and topic, you’re ready to get writing. Below, you’ll find some quick resources regarding topic information and a sample letter to the editor. Once you’ve finished, remember to check you’re selected publication’s procedures so you can submit it quickly. Best of luck!
The sample below Below is a suggested structure for your letter.
*In this paragraph, you should establish why you are sending this letter. If responding to an article from the publication, you should state its title, author and publication date. If not, you should use this paragraph to convince both the newspaper staff (deciding on whether or not to publish your letter) and by extension, the general public, that your story and your perspective are worth reading.*
*You should next use this paragraph to establish the facts surrounding the impact this issue has on. Under the “Quick Facts” tab, we’ll be adding more and more easy to use statistics that can give you a stronger footing in the numbers, and freeing you up to focus on creating a more personal connection with the reader.*
*This third paragraph should contain your call to action, as well as any context that requires. Are you calling on a legislator to drop a dangerous bill? Are you calling for a legislator to be recognized for a great deed? Are you calling on your friends and neighbors to stand up in 2016 and help put an end to the big money overshadowing Missouri politics? Make the request clear, and only worry about elaboration for the sake of clarification.*
*You should end your letter with either a moment of reflection on the content so far, or a lighter note establishing the separation of politics from someone’s personal morality and well being.*