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Writing a Letter to the Editor/Op-Ed
Letters to your newspaper's editor and op-ed pieces are excellent ways to advocate for family planning. A well-written letter to the editor(LTE) or op-ed piece should:
- Reach and inform readers and the community at large
- Focus on increasing awareness of the benefits of family planning
- Increase discussions about family planning and reproductive health
Here are some pointers to ensure that your writing not only gets published in your local newspaper, but that readers take the time to consider what you've written:
- Most opinion pieces are short and to the point - they're rarely over 300 words total
- State your topic or reason for writing
- State the reasons for your interest. Cite facts, statistics, examples, and anecdotes to support your point of view. Local facts about the issue are particularly effective.
- Once your position is established, propose logical ways to address the issue.
- Need more help? Contact MFHC's Director of Outreach & Advocacy!