Sending Letters to the Editor

Editors pay close attention to the letters they receive, with a major effect on future coverage of the issue at hand. You may be tempted to write a letter to the reporter who wrote the article as well, and this IS useful, but your first priority should be writing a letter to the editor. So I urge you to write (of course, whether you agree with me on any given issue or not).

Please note that most newspapers or magazines want letters to be kept short, say 250 words maximum, and have requirements similar to the following ones set by the Washington Post:

Letters must be exclusive to The Washington Post, and must include the writer's home address and home and business telephone numbers. Because of space limitations, those published are subject to abridgment...Do not send attachments; they will not be read.

Especially useful are (a) examples from your own personal experience, and/or (b) data published by a reputatble source. Put your draft aside for a couple of hours before sending it; you may find after that respite that the wording in your draft can be improved.

In the list below, I show the e-mail address for submitting letters to the editor, and where available I also include the Web page on which they list their requirements.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

e-mail: letters@ajc.com

Austin American-Statesman:

Click here for instructions.

Boston Globe:

e-mail: letter@globe.com

Charlotte Observer:

e-mail: opinion@charlotteobserver.com

Chicago Tribune:

Click here for instructions.

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

e-mail: Letters@plaind.com

Contra Costa Times:

Click here for instructions.

Daily Record (Bergen County, NJ):

Click here for an online submission form.

Dallas Morning News:

Click here for an online submission form.

Denver Post:

information Web page: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E162%257E,00.html

Fortune Magazine:

Click here for an online submission form.

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:

Go to the Contact Us page, and under Specify Your Subject, choose Letter to the Editor (not Suggestions).

Hartford Courant:

Go to http://www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/letters/, look for "Send a Letter" and click on the link.

Hillsboro (Oregon) Argus

Go to http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf?/opinion/oregonian/howtosend.frame .

Lakeland (Florida) Ledger

Go to http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040626/NEWS/406260323/1036

Los Angeles Times:

e-mail: letters@latimes.com

information Web page: http://www.latimes.com/services/site/la-comment-oped,0,5293584.htmlstory

Newark Star-Ledger:

e-mail: eletters@starledger.com

New York Times:

information Web page: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/lettertoeditor.html

Orlando Sentinel

Go to http://www.orlandosentinel.com/about/orl-newsroom.htmlstory

San Jose Mercury News:

e-mail: letters@sjmercury.com

information Web page: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/contact_us/contact_list/departments_np1/

San Francisco Chronicle:

e-mail: letters@sfchronicle.com

information Web page: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/submissions/#letters

Seattle Times:

e-mail: opinion@seattletimes.com

South Florida Business Journal

information Web page: http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/services/editorial/lettertotheeditor.html

St. Petersburg Times:

information Web page: http://connect.sptimes.com/contactus/letterstoeditor.html

Stanford Daily (Stanford University student paper)

information Web page: http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=lettertoeditor

Sun-Sentinel (south Florida)

information Web page: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-letterseditor.customform

Tampa Bay Tribune:

information Web page: http://tampatrib.com/opinion/lettertotheeditor.htm

Time Magazine:

information Web page: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030804-471183-2,00.html

Washington Post:

e-mail: letters@washpost.com

information Web page: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm

Wall Street Journal:

e-mail: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com