Letter to the Editor Toolkit

Letters to the editor are a great way of helping the public see the people behind the issues. We’re encouraging all ABSU members to write letters to the editors of their local papers about how the re-bid outcome may affect your families and communities.

Letter to the Editor Tips

  1. Keep it short. The letters page is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle for editors, so short letters are more likely to get published and read once they are published. An ideal length is approximately 200 words.
  2. Keep it personal. Make sure you talk about how this affects you, your family, and your community.
  3. Keep it polite. You can and should be heartfelt but avoid using sarcasm, threats, or potentially inappropriate humour.
  4. Proofread. Double-check your letter for spelling, grammar, and readability. If you need any help with this or would like general content suggestions, feel free to email abscomm@moveuptogether.ca.
  5. Reference relevant articles. If your local paper hasn’t talked about these issues already, that’s ok. But if you’re replying to an article or letter that’s already been published, make sure to reference the title and date it ran.

Not sure who to contact in your community? Email abscomm@moveuptogether.ca and let us know what city you live in and we’ll help you get it figured out.

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