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Letter Writing 101

Letter Writing 101

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Published by Community Media Lab
Michelle Rogers, director of community engagement and editorial training for 21st Century Media, parent company of The News-Herald and Press & Guide, and reporter Andrew Kidd have created this presentation for a series of workshops that will delve into the art of writing a letter to the editor or guest column that is concise, to the point, and — most important of all — worthy of publication.
Michelle Rogers, director of community engagement and editorial training for 21st Century Media, parent company of The News-Herald and Press & Guide, and reporter Andrew Kidd have created this presentation for a series of workshops that will delve into the art of writing a letter to the editor or guest column that is concise, to the point, and — most important of all — worthy of publication.

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Published by: Community Media Lab on Jan 21, 2014
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Letter Writing 101
Rising above the rabble
with Andrew Kidd and Michelle Rogers
 
The Basics
Write about what you know and what you feel passionate about.
Pick a topic that is relevant and timely.
Give evidence for praise or criticism.
Be focused, concise and keep it brief.
Back up your statements with facts.
Maintain a respectful tone.
Be professional in your wording (no slang or
profanity).
Proofread your work before submitting it to the editor.
 
The Good
1. Under 500 words (227 words) 2. Holding government officials accountable 3. Full name and city of residence 4. Continues conversation of previous column, offering a different perspective

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