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GRASSROOTS TIPS ON WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
(You'll find Southwest Wisconsin newspaper e-mail addresses below.)
Writing a letter to the editor is an important way for engaged citizens to support essential legislation, educate your neighbors, correct misinformation of earlier letters, support your favorite candidate and let people know you care about your community.
Here are some rules of thumb:
1) Write from the heart and keep it short and concise. People lose interest if the letter rambles on too long.
2) Be informed and polite. Vitriol turns people away from your message.
3) Always include your name, address and phone. The newspaper will not print your address or phone but some editors call to be sure you submitted the letter yourself and they like to know you are from the local area.
4) Most newspapers prefer receiving the letters by e-mail. (See e-mail addresses for southwest Wisconsin newspapers below.)
5) Send your letter to several newspapers for maximum effect. Area newspapers often print letters from people who are not in their readership area. HOWEVER THEY MUST BE SENT SEPARATELY via e-mail.
6) The deadline for letters to the editor in many weekly newspapers is Monday noon. But try not to wait until the last minute. You have a better chance of getting the letter printed if you submit it a day or two before the deadline.
7) Don't hesitate to call the editor if your letter doesn't appear in a week or so. The newspaper can't print every letter but the editor needs to know you are watching for your letter.
FOR LETTERS TO EDITOR DISTRIBUTION in Southwest Wisconsin
Baraboo News Republic: Submit letter on line at https://wiscnews-dot-com.bloxcms.com/forms/bnr/bnr-lettertotheeditor/ (Word limit – 200)
Boscobel Dial: [email protected] (Word limit – 500)
Cuba City Tri-County Press: [email protected] (No word limit)
Darlington Republican Journal: [email protected] For the Darlington Republican Journal, up to 300 words in a letter to the editor are free. After that the charge will be 12 cents a word.
Dodgeville Chronicle: [email protected]
Fennimore Times: [email protected] (No word limit)
Grant County Herald: Letter must be signed – therefore mail it to Fennimore Times, P.O. Box 310, Lancaster, WI 53813 (No word limit)
Mineral Point Democrat Tribune: [email protected]
Mt. Horeb Mail: [email protected]
New Glaurus Post Messenger: [email protected]
Pecatonica Valley Leader: [email protected]
Platteville Journal: [email protected]
Reedsburg Independent: [email protected] (Word limit -- 400)
The Reedsburg Times-Press: [email protected]
The Richland Observer (Richland Center): [email protected]
Sauk Prairie Eagle: [email protected]
Sauk-Prairie Star Satellite: [email protected]
Optional: Wisconsin State Journal: [email protected] (Letters must be 200 words or less. Include your full name, address and phone number.
Special Situation: Home News (Spring Green): [email protected] The Home News will not use any letter that mentions a candidate – they say that it is political advertising.
LOCAL RADIO and TV INTERVIEW SHOWS
WRCO AM 1450 and FM 100.9
PO Box 529, Richland Center, WI 53581
Program Director: Phil Nee [email protected]
News Director: Aaron Joyce [email protected]
Community Calendar: Beau Henritsh [email protected]
Ron Fruit’s Morning Show: He does 10 to 15 minute live interviews on from 9 to 10 a.m. (Can be phone interviews.) Ron is very helpful. Contact him at [email protected] or (608) 647-2111. He welcomes ideas on a range of topics. Sometimes they use segments from these interviews on the regular news shows or will tape short things for the regular news shows. Best time to call Ron for setting up an interview is between 8 and 9 a.m. in the morning.
KDTH AM 1370
346 W 8th St., Dubuque, IA 52001
Voices of Tri-State Program: 12:30 to 1 p.m. weekdays. Does local interviews with newsmakers. Host: Cindy Kohlmann [email protected]com or (563) 690-0840. You can reach her by phone but also try her email and she will call you back. Guest interviews are 25-30 minutes. Interview can be via phone or in studio. Sometimes accepts calls from listeners for guest. Covers Grant, Lafayette and Iowa Counties and also accepts Community Calendar announcements (Public Service Announcements) on their website.
WGLR AM 1280 and FM 97.7 (Lancaster)
51 Means Dr., Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 349-2000 (M-F 8am to 5pm)
"Guest Spotlight" Talk Program: Does 8 to 10 minute interviews aired after the noon news. Host Daryl Fischer can be contacted at [email protected] to book an interview. They also have a community calendar. Items submitted are reserved for non-profit or civic events. WGLR is a sister station with WPVL AM 1590 and FM 107.1 (Platteville) and currently simulcasts their programming.
WSUP FM 90.5 (UW-Platteville)
University Radio, 42 Pioneer Tower, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818
Public Affairs Program: Interviews air Thursday and Friday afternoons. To book an interview, contact Janelle Conder [email protected] Interviews are often a half hour dealing with a wide range of topics: public interest, foreign affairs, community interest, fine arts, community events on and off campus. Will accept press releases and do interviews, live, phone and taped. The station’s General Manager is Jacob Blapt [email protected]
KWWL-TV - DUBUQUE - Channel 7
500 East Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA 50703
News at Noon: They do noon in-person interviews. To book interviews, call (319) 291-1200.