- Choose your publication: Don’t hesitate to send your letter to multiple media outlets.
- Grab readers’ attention. The first sentence is the most important – state your main point right away. Make it personal. Tell your story. Be specific.
- Give a brief background. Don’t assume your audience is as well informed as you are about the issue. Use language that’s easy to understand.
- Be concise. Stay well under word limits. The shorter your letter, the more likely it’ll be published. If you want to write a longer piece, ask the editor if you can submit an opinion feature or guest column.
- Proofread and edit. Improve clarity and catch mistakes by reading your letter aloud. Ask someone else to read it too.
- Sign the letter with your full name (and title, if relevant), address, e-mail, and phone number. The paper will want to verify who you are.
- Make a follow up phone call to the editorial page editor one day after you submit your letter. Ask if your letter was received and make a quick pitch about why the paper should print it.
Alaska Dispatch News | email@example.com | Fax: 907.258.2157 |
Deadline: Rolling | Word limit: 155 Letter to the editor; 675 Compass Piece
Anchorage Press | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 907.561.7777
The Northern Light (UAA) | email@example.com
Juneau Empire | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: (907) 586-3028 |
Word limit: 400 Letters to the editor; 700 "My Turn" guest editorials
Capital City Weekly | email@example.com | Fax: 907.789.0987 |
Word limit: 500
Homer News | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 907.235.4199
Homer Tribune | email@example.com | Fax: 907.235.3716 |
Peninsula Clarion | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 907.283.3299
Redoubt Reporter | email@example.com | 907-394-NEWS (6397)
Kodiak Daily Mirror | firstname.lastname@example.org | 907.486.3227 | Fax: 907.486.3088 |
Word limit: 350 | Deadline: Two days (i.e. submit Tues, published Thurs)
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman | email@example.com | 907-352-2250 | Fax: 907.352.227
Seward Phoenix Log | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 907.224.3157
Turnagain Times | email@example.com | Fax: 907.783.1136
Alaska Dispatch | Online only | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 907.743.0729