Calling all activists.
Fight the death penalty.
…WRITE TO THE EDITOR.
Tips for Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor
1. Keep it short and stick to the subject. Long, meandering letters usually end up in the circular file. Short and to the point – just a few sentences – is your best bet.
2. Reference something you’ve read in that paper. Most of the time, a newspaper will only print a letter that responds to or comments on an article or another letter that recently appeared in that publication. Start with something like, “Concerning your article, …..” or “Although John Doe believes that…..”
3. Proofread your letter before sending it. Mistakes in grammar or spelling will only incline the editors to put your letter aside.
4. Don’t forget your address and phone number. Most newspapers will print a letter only after contacting the author to verify his or her identity. Don’t worry, your personal information will not be published with the letter.
5. Follow the newspaper’s own guidelines on letter submission. These can be found on the paper’s website. Here are links to three of the bigger newspapers in the area, where you can find information on how to submit:
The Baltimore Sun – http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-letters-box,0,353692.htmlstory
The Frederick News Post - http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/customer_service/letters_to_the_editor.htm
Information for other newspapers can be found by searching online for “letter to the editor” and “(name of publication)”.
6. Consider writing a smaller or specialty newspaper. There are plenty of newspapers in Maryland you can write. All of them have large circulations and can help spread the word about death penalty repeal. Here is a list of newspapers in Maryland - http://www.usnpl.com/mdnews.php
7. If you do get published, let us know. Send a copy of your letter or a link to the site to one of our State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators, Andrea Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Scruggs (email@example.com).