Write a Letter to the Editor or an Op-Ed
Social Work Month is a good time to respond to local news about social issues. By writing a letter to the editor, you can help inform readers of how these issues are being addressed by social workers in your community.
Write a Letter to the Editor
A letter to the editor is a short (typically around 250 words) written response to a current event. Most publications also accept reader comments on their blogs and articles. All of these options are good ways to communicate social work positions with the public.
Before you submit an article to a publication, be sure that your article has an audience that would benefit from your article. Because many editors don't have time to read every article that's submitted, write a 2-3 sentence summary of your proposed article to use as your pitch.
Write an Op-Ed
An op-ed is a short (typically around 700 words) article expressing an opinion or viewpoint on a timely news topic.
- Have a clear point of view.
- Write about a published article or something the community needs to know.
- Keep your letter or online post under 250 words.
- Send your response within a day or two of reading the article.
- Create a 6-10 word headline for your letter. Use it to tweet about your issue.
- Explain your headline with 3-4 strong supporting statements in the letter.
- If you are promoting Social Work Month, use one of these proclamation points as your frame.
More tips for writing an op-ed