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Write a Letter to Your Local Newspaper

Want to get your voice heard? Send a Letter to the Editor!

Here are a few tips:

1. Letters should be short and concise, typically about 200 words, or about four short paragraphs
. For a news magazine or a radio news show, they should be even shorter, about 100 words. Letters should be written with passion, using strong but not strident language.

2. If you can comment on a specific story or editorial covering your issue that appeared in the paper, please do so, mentioning the headline and date.

3. When emailing, include exactly one e-mail address in the "To:" field.
Don't send to editors via "Cc:" or "Bcc:" and send your letter in the body of the e-mail message, not as an attachment. Also include a daytime telephone number in case the newspaper wants to verify that you are the author. Bear in mind that it usually takes at least a week from the time a newspaper receives a letter before it gets published. Weekly papers and news magazines take even longer.

4. Please mention Jubilee USA Network by name, either in the text or by identifying yourself as a Jubilee USA Network member or supporter below your signature.

5. After you send a letter, check that paper's or magazine's website to see if it ran. Make sure to send a copy to the Jubilee USA office, so that we can publicize your work.

Still need help? Click here for more detailed directions.

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