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Mission #3: Letter to the editor


Letters to the editor are one of the most effective ways of getting your message seen by thousands of readers—especially politicians.

Can you help get the message out there by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper?

Chances are, the letters to the editor section of your local paper is carefully scanned by your Federal MPs' staff members, who are looking to see what people within the electorate are talking about.

We've listed a few of the newspapers in major cities around Australia, but if you can get your letter published in your local paper that's even better!

Be sure to let us know if you receive a response from the paper, or you get published, by dropping us a line at [email protected]


Some helpful tips for writing your letter

The publication will want to verify who you are before publishing your letter, so remember to include the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your address (Street, state and postcode)
  • Your contact number
  • Your email address
  • Most importantly, your letter!

Keep your letter brief, around 150–180 words is ideal.

Be courteous. You can be angry, but if you really want to get your point across it's best to avoid aggressive or offensive language.

Just choose one publication. The newspaper will be more likely to publish your letter, if they know it won't be published anywhere else.

Refer to a news article. If the paper has reported on this issue, refer to the story you read.

Be succinct. Make sure you get straight to the point, and only include essential information.

Proofread. If there's one thing that will reduce your changes of being published, it's spelling and grammatical errors. Why not see if a friend or family member can run their eyes over your letter before you send it off?

Don't give up! If your letter isn't published, why not try again the next time the issue makes headlines. Newspapers will be more likely to publish letters if they're current and topical.

For more info on how to write a letter to the editor, check out GetUp's Letter to the Editor Guide here
The best message will be one that's personalised and written in your own voice. Feel free to use the information from The Adani Files report to help write your letter.

You can download The Adani Files report here:

Click here for the summary
Click here for the full report

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

We've listed a few of the major newspapers in Australia. However, some newspapers require letters to the editor to be submitted via an online form on their website.

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you'd prefer, please feel free to write to your local newspaper.

In fact — it'd be better to write to your local newspaper, because there'll be a better chance your letter will be published.

If your letter is published in your local paper, your MP will know this is an issue that concerns their constituents.



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