Where to send a Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor (LTE) is a written way of talking to a newspaper, magazine, or other regularly printed publication. LTEs are generally found in the first section of the newspaper, or towards the beginning of a magazine, or in the editorial page. They can take a position for or against an issue, or simply inform, or both. They can convince readers by using emotions, or facts, or emotions and facts combined. Letters to the editor are usually short and tight, rarely longer than 250 words. Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any newspaper or magazine.

LTE basics:

  • Mention your reason for writing, preferably in the first sentence. If you are responding directly to an article you've read in the publication, state the article headline and publication date. If you are commenting on a local current event, be specific about the issue or event.
  • Limit the content to one or two key points. A letter to the editor offers the chance to make a concise statement or argument, not an in-depth analysis. Focus on the overall message you want readers to get from your letter.
  • Take a strong position. Letters section editors look for fresh facts, honest statements of opinion, and creative takes on news. If you can, offer a compelling fact that shows the urgency or importance of your issue. Include a call to action (ie: Get involved with Bark's work to protect Mt. Hood).
  • Make sure to include your full name and contact information. You may be contacted to verify your identity before the letter is published.

Click here for more tips on writing an LTE.

Where to send your LTE

To the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/page/how_do_i_write_a_letter...

To the Sandy Post, Estacada News, or Portland Tribune: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/P6F64czlK9qVsdN0r2

To the Hood River News: http://www.hoodrivernews.com/submit/letter-to-the-editor/

To the Portland Observer: webmaster@portlandobserver.com