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Write Letters
One of the most important factors in putting a public concern on the map is the direct communication of
citizens. Personal correspondence does get the attention of TV station managers, advertisers, and others.
Letters from citizens do matter and, in this section, we have a sample letter for: 1) letter to the editor for
a newspaper, 2) advertisers/ sponsors, 3) local television broadcasters, 4) members of Congress, and 5)
the Federal Communications Commission. Click on each of these to link to sample letters.

Sample for a Letter to the Editor in a Newspaper


Date

[Name of newspaper]

Dear Editor,

I have become increasingly concerned with the media's pervasive violence, stereotyping, lack of diverse
perspectives, and limited coverage of the critical issues of our times. This is exemplified by [give an
example of what you saw on television news or entertainment or what was missing].

Our media is owned by only a handful of conglomerates that have a profound influence upon our socie-
ty. They have created a universal culture that shapes how we see our world and drives public opinion
and public policy. Unlike cable TV stations that don't use the public airwaves to transmit their signal,
TV broadcasters use the public's airwaves and so, by law, their first priority must be “to serve the public
interest.”

Given the absence of effective mechanisms for accountability, I believe that citizens of [this community]
need to organize themselves and give representative feedback to broadcasters in over-the-air, public
forums where the public interest can be discerned and presented to broadcasters directly. Therefore, I am
writing to express my support for Our Media Voice and its non-partisan campaign for media accounta-
bility through Citizen Feedback Forums. I believe that it is time for the media to live up to its potential,
to be a positive social force, and address the growing needs and concerns of citizens. It’s time that the
media be accountable to the American public!

Sincerely,

[your name]
Sample Letter to Advertisers/Sponsors

[Company Name]

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request that you cease your sponsorship of [name of] TV show. I know I speak for others
when I say how dismayed I am at the amount of [violence, stereotyping, lack of diversity] in this show,
and your sponsorship both hurts your reputation as a company and supports the growing number of TV
shows dominated by [violence or other]. We know of the impact of media on our society, and how the
growing [violence] in the media is reflected in the growing [violence] in our society. This type of show
provides the wrong role models for our children. Because of shows like this, more and more Americans
are turning off their TV sets. We need to encourage programs that educate and enrich, and your sponsor-
ship sends the wrong message. So for the sake of creating a healthy society, please cease your sponsor-
ship at this time.

Thank you.

[Your name]
[For their address, contact your local station and ask for the address of this sponsor, which is public
information]




Sample Letter to Television Station

Date

Station call letters
Station address

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing with a complaint about programming on [name of TV station] in the [your community]
Area. During the period ____ to ___ I observed the following kinds of programming [or lack of pro-
gramming attention given to…] to which I want to register an objection [Excessive violence?
Stereotyping? Lack of diversity? Lack of attention to critical issues such as global warming?] This kind
of programming [or lack or programming] does not serve the public interest. Given the absence of effec-
tive mechanisms for accountability, I believe that citizens of [this community] need to organize them-
selves and give representative feedback to broadcasters in over-the-air, public forums where the public
interest can be discerned and presented to broadcasters directly. Therefore, I am writing to express my
support for Our Media Voice and its non-partisan campaign for media accountability through Citizen
Feedback Forums.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Refer to your local phone directory for contact information for local TV stations]
Sample Letter to Members of Congress

You can locate your Congressional Representatives at these sites:

*       United States Senators www.senate.gov
*       United States House of Representatives www.house.gov/

Name and contact information of Your U. S. Senator or House of Representatives Member
Date

The Honorable [name of U.S Senator or House of Representatives Member],

I am a citizen in [your community] and I am very concerned with the media’s pervasive violence, stereo-
typing, lack of diverse perspectives, and limited coverage of the critical issues of our times. [Give a spe-
cific example of what you saw on a television news or entertainment program or an example of a major
public concern that was overlooked.] Our media is owned by only a handful of conglomerates that have
a profound influence upon our society. They have created a universal culture that shapes how we see our
world and drives public opinion and public policy. Unlike cable TV stations that don’t use the public air-
waves to transmit their signal, TV broadcasters use the public’s airwaves and so, by law, their first prior-
ity must be “to serve the public interest.”

Given the absence of effective mechanisms for accountability, I believe that citizens of [this community]
need to organize themselves and give representative feedback to broadcasters in over-the-air, public
forums where the public interest can be discerned and presented to broadcasters directly. Therefore, I am
writing to express my support for Our Media Voice and its non-partisan campaign for media accounta-
bility through Citizen Feedback Forums. As my elected representative in Congress, I am asking that you
use your authority and influence to encourage the Federal Communications Commission and other
appropriate federal agencies to support this non-partisan initiative for media accountability.As well, I
encourage you to do whatever you can as a member of Congress to ensure that we have a democratically
controlled and accountable media that serves the public interest.

Sincerely,

[your name]
Sample Letter to the Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission
Enforcement Division, Mass Media Bureau
445 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing with a complaint about programming on [name of TV station] in the [your community]
Area. During the period ____ to ___ I observed the following kinds of programming [or lack of pro-
gramming attention given to…] to which I want to register an objection [Excessive violence?
Stereotyping? Lack of diversity? Lack of attention to critical issues such as global warming?] This kind
of programming [or lack or programming] does not serve the public interest. Given the absence of effec-
tive mechanisms for accountability, I believe that citizens of [this community] need to organize them-
selves and give representative feedback to broadcasters in over-the-air, public forums where the public
interest can be discerned and presented to broadcasters directly. Therefore, I am writing to express my
support for Our Media Voice and its non-partisan campaign for media accountability through Citizen
Feedback Forums.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[Include your name and address if you would like information on the final disposition of your com-
plaint; however, you may request confidentiality.]

Additional contact information for the FCC complaints division:

*       Fax number: (202) 418-1124
*       Telephone number: (202) 418-1430
*       E-mail address: complaints-enf@fcc.gov

				
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