Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to share your vision for a healthier environment and to help educate readers about the importance of issues you care about. You can congratulate someone for doing the right thing or point out the flaws in an ill-conceived public policy. A well-written, timely letter can help shift public opinion and influence policy.
To find out how to submit a letter to your local paper, click on the links below. And keep the following tips in mind as you write your letter to the editor:
- Keep your letter short and concise. This will increase the chance of your letter getting published. In fact most papers have a word limit – stick to it! (Some will say 250, 200 or even 150 words.) Shorter letters have a greater chance of being read.
- Be accurate. Support your letter with facts, statistics, citations or other evidence.
- Open your letter with a strong statement. The statement might point out an error or misrepresentation in an article, disagree with an editorial position, or add to the discussion by pointing out something readers need to know.
- Please avoid personal attacks. Remember you are representing others of like mind when you write for publication.
- Close with a thought for readers to remember. Consider the central point you want people to take away.
- Your letter should stand on its own (if you’re responding to something previously published, not all readers will have read the original story).
Please refer to the following links for Oregon newspaper-specific guidelines on writing your letter. Make sure to include your name, address and telephone number in your email to your local paper. They won’t publish the personal information, but may call you to confirm that the letter has been submitted by a local reader.
Newspaper-Specific Guidelines/Email Addresses for Letters to the Editor*
- Albany Democrat-Herald (form and guidelines)
- Ashland Daily Tidings (email) – Guidelines for both So. Oregon publications
- Baker City Herald (guidelines) – email
- Bend Bulletin (guidelines) – email
- Coos Bay The World (form and guidelines)
- Corvallis Gazette-Times (form and guidelines) – email
- Curry Coastal Pilot – southern Oregon coast (guidelines and form)
- Eugene Weekly (guidelines) – email
- Eugene Register-Guard (guidelines-scroll to bottom of page) – email
- Grants Pass Daily Courier (guidelines) – email
- Klamath Falls Herald and News (form only)
- La Grande Observer (email to the editor)
- Medford Tribune (email) – Guidelines for both So. Oregon publications
- Newport News Times (email) – 350 words or less
- Ontario Argus Observer (guidelines and form)
- Oregonian (guidelines) – email
- Pendleton/Hermiston East Oregonian (form and guidelines) – email
- Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group papers (form; a variety of Portland-area publications are listed)
- Roseburg News-Review (guidelines and form)
- Salem Stateman-Journal (submission form)
- Siuslaw News (Florence, OR) – Must register first to submit a letter to the editor
- The Dalles Chronicle (guidelines and form)
- Tillamook County Pioneer (guidelines and form)
* UPDATED March 2017