Write a Letter-to-the-Editor
Writing a letter-to-the editor is an effective way of raising awareness about the university's value to the Commonwealth.
You know the local news media in your area, and can respond quickly to positive or negative coverage about UMass Amherst.
We need you to spread the "good news" and to correct misinformation.
Key opinion leaders, policy makers, and members of the community read the newspaper. A letter-to-the-editor adds your ideas to a broader public.
Reasons to write a letter- to-the-editor:
- Bring UMass-related issues to the attention of your friends, neighbors, and other UMass advocates
- Raise support and note why UMass Amherst matters
- Thank your MA state Representative, Senator, the Governor or key opinion leaders for her/his support in a public forum
- Acknowledge and encourage positive UMass Amherst media coverage
- Set the record straight -- correct misinformation about UMass
Write letters-to-the-editor or op-ed pieces. Follow these guidelines to increase the likihood of publication:
- Submit responses promptly -- for daily newspapers within two to three days; for weekly papers within the week. E-mail is an effective way to communicate.
- Review the editorial submissions policy. This is usually located on the editorial page. Each paper is different, so check to make sure you are following the guidelines.
- Keep communications concise -- 100 words or less. Use short familiar words. Use short sentences and paragraphs.
- Proofread, edit, and manually spell-check your submission before you e-mail or snail mail it. Presentation matters.
- Editors retain the right to edit your letters. They will use that right.
- Remember to include your name, mailing address, and telephone number.
- If your letter does not contain this information, it will not be published. Editors will not publish unsigned letters and will verify your information, either by telephone or via email.
Thank you for your UMass Amherst Advocacy.