Publishing letters to the editor and op-eds is a great way to get the attention of your elected officials and others in decision-making positions.
- For ideas … F-35 FAQs
- See below for tips on writing letters and links to newspapers.
With a rotation of letters we can be sure to more consistently get letters in. We have had a large number of letters printed in newspapers like the Wisconsin State Journal, The Cap Times, The Isthmus, The Daily Cardinal, The Badger Herald and more. Let’s keep sharing our ideas consistently. And it would be great to also get letters into smaller newspapers around the state.
Wisconsin Newspapers from Official United States Newspaper Directory
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Submit on line
+ Name, street address and daytime phone are required.
+ We cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions.
+ Each writer is limited to one published letter every two months.
Green Bay Press-Gazette – Submit on line
+250 word limit.
A few tips if you’d like…
( Adapted from Friends Committee on National Legislation: fcnl.org )
Publishing letters to the editor and op-eds is a great way to get the attention of your elected officials. But first, you need to write a piece that tells your story– not just the facts.
Respond to Recent Reports
Find a news article or story that relates to the issue in some way. Make sure you’re responding to a recent story or topic – no more than a few days old.
Ask for Action
Make a specific ask to specific policymakers. Mentioning your elected officials or others by name is an important way to make sure they see it.
Find the Facts
Illustrate your argument with one or two facts. Statistics can be helpful in moderation, but too many statistics can be confusing. Share your expertise.
Tie It Together
Bring in your personal connection or moral approach to the issue. State your connections to the community as they’re relevant to the points you’re making.
Tips for submitting letters to the editor or op-eds
- Keep it short: Newspapers are most likely to publish letters to the editor that are short and make one succinct point (that is supported with facts or quotes from validators). Check the newspaper you’re submitting to for a word limit. If you can’t find a limit, keep it to 150 words or fewer. Op-eds can be longer.
- Write from your own voice: Your piece is more likely to get published if it comes from your voice. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and to appeal to the audience from the heart as well as the head. But do try to use good grammar and refrain from ranting or insults.
- Submit it to the newspaper: Submit the letter directly to the newspaper (most newspapers have an online submission page) and follow up by phone or email if you don’t get a response within a week or two. Put the letter in the body of the email to make it easy for the editorial staff to read. As you submit your letter, don’t miss an opportunity to build a relationship with staff. Include your contact information, but if you don’t want your full name to be published be clear about that in a separate paragraph.
- Report Back: If you’re published, email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track the impact.
- Follow up: Call and/or email your elected official and include a link to the published letter.