How to write an advocacy letter by heatherrhunt


									How to write an advocacy letter
Number 1
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is acceptable. However, if you know the name of the editor (of a small newspaper) or the
editorial page editor (of a large newspaper), use it, especially on the envelope and inside address
of the letter. The name, and the mailing address, can usually be found on the editorial page of the

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by their title in the greeting (i.e., The Honorable George Jones, Dear Senator Jones).

Number 2
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Number 3
Tell your story. The request for their help will be more effective if you can tell a personal story
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Number 4
Stay on track. Stick with your key points and avoid bringing up side issues, especially in the
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frequency of letters on a topic or from a writer. Policymakers can ignore too frequent
correspondence from someone with whom they are not familiar, especially if the writer is not a

Number 5
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tiny type or narrow margins. Make it visually easy to read. Many newspapers have a word count
limit for letters to the editor.

Number 6
Include your name and contact information. This is address and telephone number and maybe
e-mail address. A public official may wish to respond or ask for more information. The
newspaper may want to verify that you sent the letter.

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