Help get the word out about redistricting reform by submitting a letter or op-ed to your local newspaper.
Every piece of media coverage helps new people hear about Fair Districts PA. You can help by contributing your voice to your community’s publications.
- Letter to the editor: Short, often in response to a recent article in the publication.
- Op-ed or guest column: A little longer, expressing an opinion or viewpoint on a timely topic.
Tips for an effective letter or op-ed
You’ll be most likely to get published if your letter is:
Brief: Stay within the word limit and follow all submission guidelines. Most letters are about 200 words, and op-eds are about 600 to 800 words.
Timely: Start by connecting the issue with current events.
Personal: Share a story about how the issue affects you and those around you.
Focused: Choose one central idea and stick to it.
Clear: Use simple language and sentences, and avoid jargon. Clearly explain ideas and persuade readers—don’t show off vocabulary.
Readable: Use short paragraphs (2-4 sentences). This makes the text easier to read, whether it’s in newsprint or on a phone screen.
Unifying: Think about the views of people who might disagree with you. Look for and highlight common ground.
Persuasive: Make it clear why the reader should care about the issue, and provide evidence. Consider potential counterarguments, and briefly acknowledge and refute them.
Actionable: End your letter with a call to action: “Learn more at www.fairdistrictspa.com” or “Write your state legislator to support this bill.”
Partisan politics leaves The People without representation
Courier Express, June 5, 2020
Lawmakers need to act on redistricting reform
Pottstown Mercury News, May 19, 2020
Pennsylvania is at a legislative crossroads
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 19, 2020
We can all agree on redistricting reform
Bucks County Courier Times, January 12, 2018
Gerrymandering devalues votes; that should concern us all
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 4, 2017
Below is a list of major Pennsylvania newspapers and how to submit a letter or op-ed.
Beaver County Times
Somerset Daily American
Dubois Courier Express
Huntingdon Daily News
Lebanon Daily News
Lock Haven Express
State College Centre Daily Times
Sunbury Daily Item
Williamsport Sun Gazette
- Submit a letter online
- Submitted letters may also be shared to Lock Haven Express, Altoona Mirror, and Lewistown Sentinel
York Daily Record
Allentown Morning Call
Berks Mont News
Bucks County Herald
Delaware County Daily Times
Stroudsburg Pocono Record
Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice