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How To Write a Letter To the Editor

Watch more How to Write a Letter videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Write a letter to the editor and sound off without undermining your purpose by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Identify subject Identify the article or subject with which you want to take issue, including dates for reference and fact checking. Include your address, phone number, and e-mail address in your letter's header so that your piece has a chance of being published. Tip Don't alienate your readers by attacking anyone. This is a public dialogue. Step 2: Read examples Review newspaper editorial pages or online letters to pluck good ideas or emulate tone and style. Decide if you are praising someone's actions, writing a complaint letter, or correcting bad information. Tip Don't expect miracles. Be happy that you were able to spout your message unaltered for public consumption. Step 3: Keep it short Write a brief, intelligent, and easy to understand composition of 150 words. Pick one specific reason the topic deserves discussion. Step 4: Be witty Show your wit and be yourself, so that the reader is comfortable considering your argument. Find original ways to get the point across with your own fresh perspective. Step 5: Keep audience in mind Write the letter only for this audience and publication rather than broadening your message for wider consumption. Local appeal is a significant factor in getting it in the paper. Step 6: Propose solution Propose a respectful and rational resolution in the last paragraph. Invite the reader to support your cause without sounding like a salesman. Step 7: Wait Wait before submitting another piece. Editors want their editorial letters to vary. If your letter is not printed within a couple weeks, send it to another paper. Keep trying to get your voice heard! Did You Know? Founded by Ben Franklin, _The Saturday Evening Post_ is the oldest American magazine, dating back to 1728.
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