GET INVOLVED

 

Montana Sovereign    

LOCAL AND STATE

NEWSPAPERS:

 

Bitterroot Star—Stevensville

Publishers:  

Michael & Victoria Howell

 

Letters must be received by noon Friday for publication in the following week’s paper.   Letters must include the authors name and your address and phone number is required for verification.   Letters MAY OR MAY NOT be edited for length or other considerations at the discretion of the editor.   Letters, commentary and editorial cartoons represent the independent views of the authors.  A copy of your submission will be emailed to you.

Submit letters at  this link

 

Daily Interlake—Kalispell

250 Word Limit

Editor:  Frank Miele       Email

Submit letters at this link

 

Flathead Beacon

300 Word Limit

Editor:  Kellyn Brown     Email

The Flathead Beacon reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity, taste and to prevent libel. Letters must include the writer’s first and last name, phone number and address for verification.

 

Lake County Leader - Polson

250 Word Limit

Editor:  Ali Bronsdon     Email

 

Missoulian - Missoula

Editor:  Sherri Devlin    Email

Submit letters at this link

     

Letters should be 300 words or      less.  MUST include your real name, real address, phone number. While we welcome feedback from anyone, we only publish letters from within our print circulation area.
Phone: (406) 523-5215
Toll free: 1-800-366-7186

 

The Montanian—Libby

Editor:  David F. Latham

Letters can be emailed to:

montanian@libby.org

Or mailed to:

The Montanian

P.O. Box 946

Libby, MT  59923

 

Plains Valley Press

Editor:  Ed Moreth

P.O. Box 667

Plains, MT 59859-0667

406-826-3402

No Email

 

Ravalli Republic—Hamilton

Editor:  Sherry Devlin  Email

 

Letters should be less than 300 words, and Valley Viewpoint submissions can be as long as 800 words.  The editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, brevity, good taste and accuracy, and to prevent libel.   Writers are asked to limit submissions to one letter every two weeks, and include a phone number where you can be reached during the day for confirmation of authorship.


Submit a letter at
this link

 

Sanders County Ledger

Editor:  Tom Eggensperger  Email

603 Main         

Thompson Falls, MT 59873

406-827-3421

 

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Dwight Jenkins, publisher

PO Box 702

Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

406.677.2022. 

Email

 

Tobacco Valley News—Eureka

Editor Steve Newman   Email

PO Box 307
Eureka MT 59917
406-297-2514

 

Western News—Libby

Email

Or letters can be mailed to:

 

The Western News

P.O. Box 1377

Libby, MT  59923

 

Valley Journal - Ronan

350 Word Limit

Editor:  Melea Burke     Email

 

 

 

Are you fired up over something you've read and want to be part of the discussion? Use these guidelines to draft a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine.

Here's How:

Select a topic or a publication.  Read your local newspaper for local and current events that matter to you. Most magazines, and newspaper publications contain letters from readers.

Most publications provide guidelines for writing a letter to the editor.  Look over the first few pages of your publication for guidelines and follow them carefully.

Include your name, address, email address and phone number at the top of your letter.  Editors often require this information because they will need to verify your identity.  You can state that this information is not to be published.

If you’re responding to an article or letter, say so right away. Name the article in the first sentence of the body of your letter.

Be concise and focused. Write your letter in clear, concise statements, but remember that this isn’t easy to do! You may need to write several drafts of your letter to condense your message.

Try to get your point across is a few short paragraphs. Try to use the following format:

In your first paragraph, introduce the problem and sum up your objection or opinion.  In the second paragraph, include a few sentences to support your view.  End with a great summary.

Proofread your letter. Some editors will ignore letters that contain bad grammar and poorly-written rants.

Submit your letter by email if the publication allows it. This format enables the editor to cut and paste your letter.

Tips:

· If you're responding to an article you've read, be prompt. Don't wait too long or your topic will be old news.

· Remember that popular and widely-read publications receive hundreds of letters. You have a better chance of getting your letter published in a smaller publication.

· If you don't want your name to be published, state so clearly. You can put any direction or request like this in a separate paragraph. For example, you can simple put "Please note: I do not want my full name to be published with this letter." If you are a minor, inform the editor of this as well.

· Since your letter may be edited, you should get to the point early.  Don't bury your point inside a lengthy argument.

· Avoid appearing overly emotional by limiting exclamation points.  Also avoid insulting language.

· Remember that short, concise letters sound confident. Long, wordy letters give the impression that you're trying too hard to make a point, and will not speak to the readers you want to reach.