Grassroots Advocacy for Congressional Recess: Write Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed Column
August 22, 2016 08:52 AM
During the Congressional recess, a letter to the editor or op-ed column in your local newspaper is an effective way to raise awareness about the most important issues affecting home care and hospice. Keep in mind, the more you can include your own experiences and those of patients, the more resonance your piece will likely have. Here is some guidance for submitting a letter to the editor or an op-ed column.
Letters to the editor usually must be written in response to an article that has run in a publication’s recent issues. Articles covering Medicare, Medicaid or perhaps even broader health care issues could provide an opportunity for a letter. Even if home care or hospice is not mentioned specifically in the article, a letter to the editor can provide additional information that was not part of the article in discussion. Most newspapers limit letters to the editor to 250 words.
Op-ed columns are brief opinion pieces typically published opposite the editorial page in newspapers. Usually about 600-800 words long, these columns address a topic in more depth than is possible with a shorter letter to the editor. A newspaper's previously published op-eds can serve as examples of the format and approach most likely to appeal to the editor who selects them for publication.
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