Friday, June 22, 2018

Anyone can write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) at The Palm Beach Post.

But first, if you happen to be one of the few who haven’t heard the news, Gatehouse Media is the new owner of the Post and Palm Beach Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet). The sale was completed on May 1st. However, the offices on 2751 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach were not part of the sale which is good news for beat, breaking news, and weather reporters especially during Hurricane Season. That structure, unfortunately, was unavailable for Hurricane Irma last year but has been used as a storm shelter in the past, e.g., for hurricanes Matthew, Frances and Jeanne.

Have you been thinking about writing a LTE? Have something on your mind?

For example, are you a resident of Palm Beach County and concerned about over-development and think, “Downtown West Palm Beach should explore public wealth”? If so, then write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) about that topic. You may even get published in this coming Sunday paper.

But are there helpful tips to get your letter published? Yes! Find out those tips below. But first. . .

How to write a LTE:

  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your phone number and complete address.
  • Engage like-minded “average citizens” to write LTEs on the same subject.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly; then always follow up your LTE!

This is the trick!

  • Follow up your LTE with an email or fax later that day or the next morning.
  • Then later, call or contact the editorial department and explain why your letter is important.
  • Don’t be timid! Stay pleasant and respectful but make a strong pitch.
  • To seal the deal, just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”.

So get cracking and have your LTE published in
the Post, maybe even in the Sunday paper:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4441

Using snail mail:

Palm Beach Post
ATTN: Letter to Editor (LTE)
2751 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Write your LTE today and Good Luck everyone!