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Encyclopedia > Letters to the editor

A letter to the editor (sometimes abbreviated LTTE) is a letter sent to the editors of a publication or periodical about materials that have appeared in the publication or issues of concern to the readership, usually intended for publication. Letters to the editor often appear in news media, though they also appear in non-news publications, such as many magazines. In many publications, letters to the editor may be sent either through conventional mail or electronic mail. Abbreviation (from Latin brevis short) is strictly a shortening, but more particularly, an abbreviation is a letter or group of letters, taken from a word or words, and employed to represent them for the sake of brevity. ... This article is about letter, a written message from one party to another. ... Editor has four major senses: a person who obtains or improves material for a publication; a film editor, a person responsible for the flow of a motion picture or television program from scene to scene a sound editor, a person responsible for the flow and choice of music, voice, and... To publish is to make publicly known, and in reference to text and images, it can mean distributing paper copies to the public, or putting the content on a website. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... There are several cities in the United States called Reader, see Reader (place) A Reader is a minor member of the clergy in some Christian churches; see Reader (minor orders). ... To publish is to make publicly known, and in reference to text and images, it can mean distributing paper copies to the public, or putting the content on a website. ... News is the reporting of current events usually by local, regional or mass media in the form of newspapers, television and radio programs, or sites on the World Wide Web. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... A British pillar box The postal system is a system by which written documents typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages containing other matter, are delivered to destinations around the world. ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ...

Letters are usually short, as they must sometimes fit in a limited space. Many newspapers require that letters to the editor be under a certain number of words, and may attach other conditions, such as prohibiting anonymous letters, letters that contain misinformation or are meant to libel someone, are obscene or in poor taste, or are meant to resolve a personal conflict. A word count is the number of words that a document contains. ... Anonymity is the state of not being identifiable within a set, called the anonymity set. When referring to human beings, we say that a person is anonymous when the identity of that person is not known. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ... Obscenity has several connotations. ...

Letters to the editor are traditionally associated with newspapers and newsmagazines, though similar letters are sent to websites, radio stations, and television programs, who may read them on air. Letters may support or oppose a publication's editorial stance, remark on materials that have appeared in the publication, or correct a perceived error or misrepresentation. Reading the newspaper: Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. ... A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ... A radio station is a site configured for broadcasting sound. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... An editorial is a statement or article by a news organization (generally a newspaper) that expresses an opinion rather than attempting to simply report news. ...

They are also used in astroturfing campaigns to create the illusion of grassroots popular support in the community for a particular cause, candidate, or party. In American politics and advertising, the expression astroturfing is used pejoratively to describe formal public relations projects which deliberately seek to engineer the impression of spontaneous public reactions to a politician or political grouping, product, service, event, etc. ... Grassroots democracy is the political processes which are driven by groups of ordinary citizens, as opposed to larger organisations or wealthy individuals with concentrated vested interests in particular policies. ... A political party is a political organization that subscribes to a certain ideology and seeks to attain political power within a government. ...

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The New York Times > Member Center > Site Help > Letters to the Editor (181 words)
Letters to the editor should only be sent to The Times, and not to other publications.
Letters for publication should be no longer than 150 words, must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers.
To submit a letter to the City, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey or Connecticut weekly sections, please e-mail region@nytimes.com.
How to Write Letters to the Editor (958 words)
In all cases, the letters are usually short and to the point, and the editors have edited them even further to make them shorter.
I was going to write up a formal set of rules for how to write letters to the editor, but I found someone who had done it already.
Letter writing is the one thing that any one of us can do on our own without the need to work through a group.
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