Let your voice be heard! Click on a website to send a letter to the editor of your local paper; or, send an e-mail using the addresses below.
Write a Letter to the Editor
The letters sections of newspapers present great opportunities for getting your message to a wide audience, including local activists, government officials, legislators and many community members.
Your letter can support and expand on something already in the news, make a point that was omitted, or disagree with/correct misinformation from a news story, editorial or another letter.
The most effective persuasive writing appeals to both emotion and logic incorporate an element of each if possible in the space allowed.
To maximize your chances of getting published:
Respond directly to an article or commentary published within the previous two days. Follow the citation format used in the target publication. The typical format is: Re “Talking With the Taxman,” (national news, Jan. 13). Your report neglected one key fact…
Keep it concise and focused on one important point (don’t try to address two separate issues in one letter). Be sure to follow the guidelines and word count limit of the target publication (100 to 250 words is typical). To maximize your chance of being published, edit your letter to remove all non-essential words. This also minimizes the chance of the editor changing the letter in ways you may not like.
Use verified facts. Take the time to check original sources (rather than repeating a “fact” cited in another media outlet, for example).
Look for ways to create immediacy by indicating how readers will be affected by the issue you address when possible. Give people specific and concrete actions (e.g. ask your state and federal representatives to support the Free Speech for People Amendment).
Point people to a resource for more information.
When writing to your local newspaper, follow up with a polite phone inquiry about its status if it doesn’t appear within 4-7 days to ensure it was received and considered.
Things to Avoid:
Don’t overstate/exaggerate your point. Rather than say “corporations will now dictate who gets elected and control office-holder,” try something like “corporations will enjoy tremendous influence over who gets elected and who chooses to run for office.”
Don’t use pejoratives (insulting your opponents);
Avoid jargon or acronyms (spell out any name the first time you use it, followed by the acronym in parentheses);
Omit needless words. Don’t say “I’m writing to…” or “I think…” It’s obvious.
Never use all capital letters or bold text to emphasize a word. It will almost never be printed that way and may prevent your letter from being considered. You can italicize one or two words, but most papers will print it as plain text regardless — the words need to speak for themselves. Use quotation marks to indicate the title of a book, article, etc.
The Centre Daily Times accepts original letters of up to 250 words. Your letter must include your name, address and telephone number. You are limited to one letter a month and letters are subject to editing.
Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org; submit them at CentreDaily.com; or mail them to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 89, State College, PA 16804.
Centre County Gazette
General email link: email@example.com
The Daily Collegian
Letters to the Editor link: https://collegian-dot-psu-dot-edu.bloxcms-ny1.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/
General email link: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/site/contact.html
The Lock Haven Express
Letters to the Editor link: http://184.108.40.206/vnr/add_submission.asp?categoryID=369&publicationID=71
General email link: http://extras.lockhaven.com/customerservice/customer_service.asp
The Philipsburg Journal
Letters to the Editor and General email Link: Journalnews1@verizon.net
General email link: firstname.lastname@example.org
General email link: http://www.wpsu.org/about/contact
Morning Guys email link: email@example.com
Telephone: (814) 237-1390
Telephone: (814) 238-9485
General email link: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/about