Letters to newspapers
Newspaper Email Addresses
Note: always include your postal
address & phone number (they demand it).
You can, of course, give bogus details.
The Daily Telegraph
(subject field of email should say Letter to the
Mail On Sunday
News of the World
Daily Post (Liverpool)
The Irish Independent
The Morning Star
Today (BBC Radio 4 morning news)
PM (BBC Radio 4 evening news)
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Chicago Sun Times
San Jose Mercury
here for a longer list of US and other countries newspaper
Crafty Multiple Mailings
Newspapers want to be the sole recipient of a letter. So,
if youre sending a letter to multiple recipients, make
sure you disguise the fact. This is easily done. Either
send a separate email to each newspaper (copy and paste
the content), or save time by using a program like Group
Mail (download it free from www.infacta.com).
If you use Group Mail (or similar), you can make things
easy by importing a list of email addresses you want to use.
As a start, you might want to copy & paste the following
list into a .txt file, then follow the programs instructions
to import the file.
How to be Published
• Be concise.
• Make an original point.
• Respond quickly to a story.
Letters pages in newspapers seem the most interesting sections
of the mainstream media. The reason for this is probably that
editors feel less responsibility for the views of readers
than for the main editorial/journalistic content. As a result,
some unusual and subversive letters
are often printed. Readers say what they think, whereas
journalists and editors are conscious of how their own published
viewpoints will affect their careers which results
in a sort of respectable cautiousness.
A few years ago, the UK's Labour government gave a press
conference in which they boasted of their record on employment
of "getting people into jobs". Most
newspapers covered this in exactly the same language as used
by the government's press release, with little criticism or
scrutiny. But then The Guardian published no less than
five reader's letters, all on the same day, attacking
the government's claims in remarkably scathing terms, with
descriptions of appallingly awful low-paid jobs and vivid
portrayals of Britain as a sort of deeply unpleasant forced-labour
camp. One of them said:
"The situations vacant are low-paid,
demoralising, mind-numbing and soul-destroying, unrewarding
graft in fast food joints, security firms and the new sweatshops,
All of the letters were eloquent/forceful, and every word
rang true unlike the PR syrup from the government and
the pathetic journalists' acquiescence.
Writing letters to newspapers can be therapeutic when media
coverage angers you. Distil your anger into a few concise
paragraphs, then send to all the newspapers (see the Crafty
Multiple Mailings section, above).
Even if your letter isn't printed, you have the satisfaction
of knowing that the letters editors on all these newspapers
have read your views (which might influence their future choice
of letters for publication). You can also recycle the material
you've written eg post it to Internet newsgroups.