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Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The letters to the editors page is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper. Letters to the editor reflect the opinion of the community. Your pro-choice voice needs to be heard on important issues such as family planning services, access to abortion and sexuality education. One of the most efficient and effective ways to advocate for responsible choices is through writing a letter to the editor.

For more information, talking points or tips, email us at or call (617) 616-1660 x1795.

Before you sit down to write your letter, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Decide why you are writing the letter. Are you responding to another letter? Do you want to call readers to action? Is your goal to educate others? These are all good reasons to write a letter.
  2. Know the publication's guidelines. For instance, the Boston Globe requests letters to be no longer than 200 words. You can usually find the publication's letters to the editor guidelines on the editorial page or on their web site. Keep it brief, the best letters are short and limited to a single point otherwise letters are likely to be condensed in the editing process which may cause the letter to be altered. Use a business letter format. Make sure you sign your name and even if you email the letter be sure to still include your address and phone number.
  3. Determine one to three messages you want to express in your letter. Jot down your messages before you write. Avoid rambling and keep in mind most newspapers are written for readers at the fifth grade level (sad but true). If you are responding to another letter, avoid repeating negatives by touching on the point and going with your own positive message.
  4. Make it timely by sending in your letter as soon as possible. Generally, your letter should arrive within two weeks following the event. It helps the editor if you reference a particular story by date and the headline. Most publications now accept signed letters by facsimile and some will take letters by electronic mail (with a phone number to verify authorship).
  5. Congratulations - now you have the tools to write a great letter to the editor!

Many newspapers now accept letters to the editor by email as well as by mail. Included below are email links to several local, state and national papers. Be sure to send us a copy of your letter or email!

Major BostonNewspapers

Boston Globe

Boston Herald

Boston Metro

Worcester Telegram and Gazette


Athol Daily News

Berkshire Eagle

Brockton Enterprise

Cape Cod Times

Daily Free Press

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Daily News Tribune

Daily Times Chronicle

Daily Transcript ( Dedham )

Fall River Herald-News

Gardner News

Gloucester Daily Times

Jamaica Plain Gazette

Lowell Sun

Lynn Daily Item

MetroWest Daily News

Milford Daily News

Neponset Valley Daily News

New Bedford Standard Times

North Adams Transcript

Patriot Ledger


Salem News

Sentinel and Enterprise

Southbridge Evening News

Sun Chronicle

Taunton Daily Gazette

The Daily News of Newburyport

The Eagle-Tribune

The Standard Times

The Sunday Republican

Wakefield Daily Item

Westfield Evening News


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Write a Letter to the Editor