Write a Letter to the Editor that Inspires Action
Writing letters to the editor can be an effective way of sharing your opinion and inspiring others to take positive action on issues that are of concern to you.
Political leaders and other policy makers rely upon the editorials in newspapers to gauge the views of their constituents. The philanthropic actions of civic organizations are often inspired by issues facing the community that were initially inspired by letters to the editor.
A letter to the editor, an op-ed piece, or a posting to a blog website may inspire everyday citizens to take action that truly makes a difference, and it even may inspire a reporter to pursue the issue further with a more in-depth article focusing on your issue.
Have you ever heard someone tell a story or read something that immediately inspired you to take action? Maybe you heard about a family who lost all of their possessions in a fire, or you read about the imminent cancellation of a valuable community program due to funding cuts. Without the effort of another person bringing these issues to your attention, you never would have been in a position to help. Writing a letter to the editor is a way that you, too, can inspire others to take action and make a difference in countless areas. So, when you read about an issue that moves you, or see a story on television that makes you want to get involved, don't just sit there. Writing a letter to the editor gives you a chance to inspire action in people whom you will probably never meet.
The key to getting your message out is to write a letter that has a chance to be published. Newspapers and other media receive many more letters than they have room to publish. So, ensure that your letter is concise, makes one simple point or deals with one basic issue, and follows the policies set forth by the media outlet. That way, you strengthen your chances of seeing your letter in print and of inspiring others to take action on your issue.
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Don't worry if your letter does not get published. Someone read it. What matters most is that you took the time to express yourself, and that is a powerful thing. Write another when your conscience challenges you to act.
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