Share This Page Do you know what the most widely-read page of the newspaper is? For little cost other than your time, you can influence others in your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of your library, and you can ask others to do it too. Keep your letter as short as possible or the paper will cut out some of your content and remember to be persuasive.
Print Writing a letter to the editor or an opinion editorial op-ed can be a useful way to share your knowledge about infant-toddler issues with the local community and policymakers. In addition, letters to the editor and op-eds are a way of reaching a much wider audience with your messages about the healthy development of infants and toddlers and how policy can positively impact babies, toddlers and their families.
State legislators and federal lawmakers regularly read the opinion pages of newspapers for clues about issues of concern in their community.
Download the full article for more details about these strategies and a few examples of opinion pieces that were published, so you can get a sense for how to put the strategies into practice.
Some newspapers have an online submission form which you can use. Keep it brief and to the point Letters should be concise — typically newspapers have a word limit of about words about 3 paragraphs. Editors are less likely to print long letters. Make your letter timely Tie the subject of your letter to a recent article, editorial or column.
Use that article as a hook for communicating your message. Small-circulation newspapers usually print many of the letters they receive. Localize your letter Explain how infants and toddlers in your community will be affected.
Lend credibility to your letter by noting your professional experiences in the community that prompted you to write on this topic. Begin your letter with a big idea or value level one that provides a context for understanding the more specific details levels two and three of your communication.
For example, The Early Head Start program has made it a priority to provide the best start in life for all its babies and toddlers, so that their children will grow up to be good citizens of the community.
The Early Head Start program offers an array of services to pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families, including home visitation, parent support, early learning and access to medical, mental health and early intervention services.
But this community program cannot succeed without adequate federal support for Early Head Start. Reauthorization of Early Head Start is right around the corner. Be mindful of the tone of your letter The tone of your letter can either support or overpower the substance of the message you are trying to communicate.
Therefore, choosing and controlling tone2 is an important element of your communication. Write about good news, not just bad Thank the paper when appropriate for its positive and accurate coverage of an infant-toddler issue.
Or thank a policymaker for being a champion for infants and toddlers in the state or community. Include your name, title, address and daytime phone number Editors like to confirm that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is on it.
Also be sure to provide your professional title and affiliation, as it lends credibility to your letter. Consider other newspapers for publication Many metropolitan areas have free weekly community newspapers that go to thousands of homes.
Many cities also have newspapers for specific ethnic groups. Consider sending your letter to the editors of these other widely-read publications. Mail a copy of your published letter to your state legislators and members of Congress Policymakers subscribe to local newspapers in their districts.
You can continue to build your relationship with them by sending copies of your letter. Opinion Editorial Strategies Focus your message on one key point Although there may be many elements to the infant-toddler issue you want to address, you will have more success if your editorial is focused and easy to understand.
Keep it short Typically newspapers will accept op-eds of words.Letter to the Editor: Creating a rift. In Kashmir, even today, there is recognition of the Sufi tradition in which a Muslim ascetic becomes Nund Rishi and a Hindu poet gets recognition as Lal Ded or Lalla Arifa.
How to Write a Letter to the Editor and an Opinion Editorial Jun 19, This advocacy tool outlines suggestions for writing letters to the editor and op-eds and getting them printed, as well as examples of published opinion pieces.
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An honest note of appreciation for The Hindu's efforts to offer its readers a fascinating insight into India's foreign and domestic policies by accessing the India Cables from WikiLeaks!Author: The Hindu. Letters to the editor can also be used to start a community conversation about an issue important to you.
A planned series of letters to the editor can stimulate public interest and media coverage. It's up to you to determine when is the best time to start writing the letters, allowing time for them to be published. Letter to the Editor: Gust of fresh air The intrepid and nonchalant coming of age of a year old, taking her class of boys and girls and school along an exhilarating journey of self-discovery, as narrated almost lyrically by a year old came as a most welcome gust of fresh air.