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Writing Letters to the Editor in New Hampshire

Get Published! – Letter Writing Tips

Writing a letter to the editor is easier than you think.  In addition to writing letters to your members of Congress, letters to the editor are important tools to help us achieve our advocacy goals because they:

– reach a large audience
– are often monitored by elected officials
– can bring up information not addressed in a news article
– create an impression of widespread support for or opposition to an issue

Keep it short and address only one subject.  Many newspapers have strict limits on the length of letters and have limited space to publish them.  Keeping your letter brief will help assure that your important points are not cut out by the newspaper.

Send letters to weekly community newspapers also.  The smaller the newspaper’s circulation, the easier it is to get your letter printed.

Be sure to include your contact information.  Many newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. 

It’s helpful to make references to previous articles in the newspaper.  While some papers print general commentary, many will only print letters that refer to a specific article.  Examples of easy ways to refer to articles in your opening sentence include: 

  • I was disappointed to see that The Post’s May 18 editorial “School Vouchers Are Right On” omitted some of the key facts in the debate.
  • I strongly disagree with (author’s name) narrow view on public school funding. (“Name of Op-Ed,” date) 
  • I am deeply saddened to read that Congressman Doe is working to roll back honesty in education. (“Title of Article,” date)

New Hampshire Papers and How to Reach Them

UNION LEADER

  • Daily newspaper based out of Manchester
  • Upload LTE to Online Form or email to opinion@theunionleader.com
  • LTE should be 250 words or fewer

NEW HAMPSHIRE BULLETIN

LACONIA DAILY SUN

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • LTE must be 1,000 words or fewer

CONWAY DAILY SUN

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • LTE must be 500 words or fewer

KEENE SENTINEL

DERRY NEWS

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • LTE must be 250 words or fewer

LONDONDERRY TIMES

MANCHESTER INK LINK

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • Manchester Ink Link does not have a limit on length of LTE, however we recommend you do not exceed 250 words

NASHUA TELEGRAPH

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • Nashua Telegraph does not have a limit on length of LTE submissions, however we recommend you do not exceed 250 words

BEDFORD JOURNAL

  • Upload LTE to Online Form or email LTE to cabnews@cabinet.com
  • LTE must be 400 words or fewer

CONCORD MONITOR

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • LTE must be 250 words or fewer

NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • New Hampshire Business Review does not have a limit on length of LTE; however, we recommend you do not exceed 250 words

SEACOAST ONLINE

Exeter News-Letter, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Hampton Union, and Portsmouth Herald are all under the umbrella of “Seacoast Online”, but are submitted to individually. See their instructions below.

PORTSMOUTH HERALD

FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

EXETER NEWS-LETTER

HAMPTON UNION

THE FORUM (NORTHWOOD/CANDIA/DEERFIELD/NOTTINGHAM)

THE BAYSIDER

  • Email LTE to baysider@salmonpress.net
  • LTE must be 350 words or fewer

VALLEY NEWS

  • Based out of Lebanon
  • Upload LTE to Online Form or email to forum@vnews.com
  • LTE must be 350 words or fewer

EAGLE TRIBUNE

  • Based out of North Andover, MA, but also has offices in Derry with core area of coverage in Salem, Atkinson, Plaistow, Pelham, Windham, Derry and Londonderry
  • Upload LTE to Online Form
  • LTE must be 250 words or fewer