Write a letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor is a written way of talking to a newspaper, magazine, or other regularly printed publication. They are usually no more than 300 words in length, and can be an effective way to get the word out.

Tips and suggestions

  • Focus on your main point
  • Include some facts and figures (which can be found here)
  • Include the personal touch – how does the letter relate to you/ your experience?
  • Use language cues to guide the reader, e.g. “The most important thing is …”
  • Make your point strongly, but be respectful
  • Include a call to action/solution, e.g. Dementia needs to be a health priority or We have a Draft New Zealand Dementia Plan 2020; it needs to be implemented
  • Avoid jargon, acronyms, and get someone else to read it before sending
  • Stick to the word limit
  • Know the rules of the publication about letters
  • Consider writing a longer piece, e.g. a blog or opinion piece (around 800 words – click here for some tips)