A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is a short opinion-oriented statement that you submit to your local newspaper or an online news source. LTEs should be fewer than 250 words, the shorter the better. If you can relate it to a recent story or current event, the likelihood of getting it published increases.
If there is a recent story in your local paper about pipelines, you have a great opportunity to make points near and dear to your heart and have other folks know and read them, while helping to affect public opinion.
Feel free to relate your letter to that story, that is the optimal strategy, but you can also go a little rogue and still get printed. You should not try to cover everything in your letter, but rather focus it on one to three points.
Go to your local paper’s website and do a quick search for “letters,” “opinions,” “editorials” or “letters to the editor” and you should find a page with either an in-the-browser form to submit your LTE or an email address to which you can send it.
We suggest your local paper, as they’re more likely to print local folks, but you can also consider some of the bigger publications that publish articles, and letters, from folks everywhere. These are publications like the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, and the Guardian US.
A follow-up phone call to your paper (ask for the editorial/opinion desk or editor) before or after submitting your LTE will greatly increase the likelihood that it gets published.