You can also get an idea of the types of op-eds that the editor publishes. Localize your letter Explain how infants and toddlers in your community will be affected.
Small-circulation newspapers usually print many of the letters they receive. The tips in this section will help you write a letter that will be effective and stand out on the editor's desk.
A rigorous evaluation conducted at Yale University, for example, found that participation in one Connecticut home visiting model, Minding the Baby, was directly responsible for higher rates of on-time pediatric immunization, significantly lower rates of rapid pregnancy, better parent-child interactions and attachments, and significantly lower rates of child protection referrals for neglect or abuse.
Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any newspaper or magazine. If you are a doctor writing about a health issue, a Prius owner writing about hybrid cars, or you are writing about energy issues and you have solar panels on your roof—share that information up front.
Reauthorization of Early Head Start is right around the corner. The larger the newspaper or magazine, the more competition there is for letters-to-the-editor space.
The New York Times probably receives hundreds, if not thousands of letters a day, only ten or so of which make it into print. Sign the letter.
But that prosperity masks shocking pockets of poverty where many young children live in great deprivation. Download the full article for more details about these strategies and a few examples of opinion pieces that were published, so you can get a sense for how to put the strategies into practice.
Your opening sentence is very important. Lend credibility to your letter by noting your professional experiences in the community that prompted you to write on this topic.