Write a Letter to the Editor

Raise awareness for eczema by contacting your local newspaper, TV or radio station.

Ten steps to writing a successful letter to the editor:

  1. Keep it concise. Get to your point in the first paragraph, and limit the number of words a maximum of 200.
  2. Be relevant. Reference a recent article from the publication and connect it to the need for eczema awareness.
  3. Make a local connection. For example, detail how many people in your area are likely affected by eczema. (To get this number, multiply .022 by the population of your city, county or town).
  4. Write short sentences, avoiding clichés and excessive words. Read the letter out loud to best get a sense of how it sounds.
  5. Check your letter carefully for typos and grammar mistakes. Make it easy for the editor to read and publish your letter.
  6. Think about sending your letter to the editor to weekly papers, local newsletters and magazines, as well as your daily newspaper.
  7. Get it to the right person. Submission information for letters to the editor is often found on the publication’s Web site or on the Letters to the Editor page.
  8. Sign your name and give your address, e-mail and phone number. Editors will call or e-mail to verify that you are the person who wrote the letter.
  9. Monitor the paper in the days after you mail your letter to see if it’s published. Contact us if your letter is printed.
  10. Repeat as necessary, but to different publications. Wait at least a few months before submitting another letter to the editor to the same publication if yours was recently published.