Contacting the Media
Act quickly ! If it takes you more than 24-48 hours to repond to a media concern, it may be too late to get included in the next publication.
State your point early. Be sure to state your main point in the subject line and in the first sentence of the letter. Keep to one topic. Keep your letters focused on one subject.
Be clear and concise. Keep your letters brief and to the point. Newspaper editors often edit for length, so try to keep your letter to less than 200 words. The shorter it is, the more likely it will be printed. Newspapers will not print long statements and pages of historical background.
Reference a recent article. If possible, it is best to include a reference to recent article that appeared in the newspaper you’ve selected and then write your letter as a response, building on what was printed or pointing out how your viewpoint isn’t included. This greatly increases the likelihood that your letter will be printed.
Always be polite and sincere but firm. Try to convey why you are concerned about a subject, without retaliating and using inappropriate language.
Include your contact information. Most newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.
Alert your friends about the media concern so they can also respond. The more people react to a story or news event, the more likely a letter to the editor or Op-Ed will be printed on that subject.
Ask a friend or colleague who has good writing skills to proof-read your letter to the editor.
Although these tips will increase the chances for getting your response printed, there are many submissions to the newspaper and only a few will get printed.
Stay vigilant and try to submit a response to the media at least monthly if possible. Ever media response is a powerful form of Da’wa.
A list of all newspapers printed in New England, that you can submit your comments or letters to, can be found at:
Connecticut : www.connquest.com/ct/television.html
Maine : http://www.shgresources.com/me/tv/
Massachusetts : http://www.masshome.com/tv.html
New Hampshire : http://www.shgresources.com/nh/tv/
Vermont : http://www.vab.org/Comm_TV.html