Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are a great way to get the word out about National Improved Medicare for All. Not only are they one of the most closely-read sections of any newspaper, but they are often monitored by politicians as a gauge of public opinion. Over time, letters can even influence the editorial positions and coverage decisions of a paper.
Here are some tips for getting published…
• Stick to one main point, such as “National Improved Medicare for All is the best way to cover everyone because…” or “Our Member of Congress should support HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act because…”
• Keep it short. A short letter is more likely to be published and less likely to be edited down than a long one.
• Find a news hook. If possible, write in response to something the paper recently published (ie, medical bankruptcies, state expenditures on health care, a lack of nurses or doctors etc.).
• Be opinionated, but polite. The Letters section is meant for opinions, but avoid insulting politicians, readers or the paper.
• Include your contact info. Include your full name, address and phone number along with your email address when you submit it. Some papers will want to confirm you really wrote the letter submitted.
• Personalize the letter. Use the taking points provided from the Tools for Education page to help craft a personalized letter. Cookie-cutter letters are often detected.
Please let us know if your letter is published by sending a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.