Writing Letters to the Editor
Basic four sentence structure:
1 State the argument that you're responding to
Is it a particular article?
What prompted you to write this?
2 State your position
3 Provide Evidence
4 Provide a Solution - say what should be done
Good to infuse wit and personality into letter -however not a must: most of the letters to the editor in the Dom Post are fairly dry.
Good to start off with a slightly more emotion-based appeal, and then end with a fact-based solution
Example of a letter using this structure:
Why is it that the world recognises our magic Basin Reserve roundabout but the New Zealand Transport Agency doesn't? (Basin to join list of 'magic roundabouts', April 10)
Surely a cold, grey, shadow-casting concrete flyover will remove the magic from the roundabout and the Basin Reserve.
Maybe NZTA could consider another option to just extend Kent and Cambridge Tces to Adelaide Rd under the Basin using a ''cut and cover'' tunnel for Newtown to the city traffic and leave the roundabout as is for all other traffic?
The paper won't publish letters that are too similar, but they might publish several on the same topic if they come from very different angles.
For example: With the Kapiti Expressway you could write from the angle of being a young person, or your experience of driving, or not driving, or as a student of economics, or from the broader context of climate change...
It's good to draw on personal stories connected to the topic.