Here are a few more helpful tips when writing a letter to the editor:
- Write from the heart. Keep it personal. Avoid exaggerations. Use www.asmaa-algarve.org to back up your facts.
- Write your letter in Word or other word processing software so that you can access Spell check and Grammar check. The online newspapers may not offer these functions and you want to make sure there are no typos or grammar snafus.
- Most papers have an online form where you can copy and paste your letter in to the appropriate field. Be sure to fill out all required fields (usually indicated by an asterisk or in red print), copy and paste your letter from your Word doc, double check everything is entered/filled out. Click Submit.
- If the newspaper does not offer an online form, they provide an email address. Simply copy and paste the email address into the “To:” field in your personal email browser. Choose a subject line that summarizes your letter.
For example, if your letter is about Oil exploration, air emissions your subject could be “Say NO to Repsol/Partex’s drilling in Algarve.” Or “Say NO to Galp/ENI drilling in Alentejo coast” in the body of the email will be your letter. Copy and paste the letter from Word and double check that you have the “To:” field entered correctly, the subject line is to your liking and your letter was copy and pasted correctly. Hit send!
- Keep it very, very simple and within the word count limits. If your letter goes over 225 words, it will get shortened and could delay it from getting posted or printed.
- Avoid hard facts and numbers. If your letter includes a hard fact or figure, it will need to be fact checked which could delay it getting posted or printed.
- Make your letter a personal response.
- Submitting letters early in the week is best.
- Read and follow more guidelines, found here.