write a Letter to the Editor (LTE)



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It’s a great opportunity to connect with other volunteers while taking action on our #YesWeCanEndTB campaign.

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Your actions in September will be our last opportunity to influence how Canada shows up at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB this September. 

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Results is independent from corporate funding or government donations. October 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) – is a globally recognized day to stand in solidarity with those living in extreme poverty. A most impactful way to support Results Canada is creating your own personal fundraising page.

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write a Letter to the Editor (LTE)

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why write an LTE

Write an LTE if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 150-200 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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Once submitted, you can track your letter by doing an internet search of your name and following up with the publication to find out if/when it is getting published.

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Your letter doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion. You simply need to care.

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Use your voice on social media to tell Canada why they need to TB and the need to increase investments in research and development for TB.

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Tweets with images can receive approximately 160% more retweets than those without.

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Call-to-action summary: 

To end TB and to prepare for future threats, Prime Minister Trudeau must participate in the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB this September and commit 0.15% of Canada’s overall research and development expenditure annually to developing and delivering new tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat this deadly infectious disease.   

letter to the editor (LTE)
: a letter written to a newspaper, magazine or other periodical about issues of concern to readers, usually intended to be published in the paper/periodical

With the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB rapidly approaching, September is our last opportunity to influence how Canada will show up to this event. Write an LTE on why Canada must increase its investments in TB R&D to enable to development of improved tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB.   

Be sure to send your LTE to your local community papers for the best chance of being published. 

Use our instructions, tips, and resources below to get your LTE published in the media. Refer to past volunteer LTEs but don’t fall into the trap of copying other people’s styles. 

follow these step-by-step instructions to write an LTE

Volunteers on average spend 1-2 hours researching and planning, 30 minutes writing their draft and 15 minutes submitting it to newspapers. 

  1. Read our current call-to-action and note the “ask”. 
  2. Research the current issue by reading the news or external reliable sources (e.g., the World Health Organization). 
  3. Draft your LTE. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be an expert to have an opinion.
    • Create an outline of your letter using the EPIC format
    • Keep it short – 150-200 words. Being clear and concise will increase your chances of getting published.  
    • Focus on your perspective and speak from the heart while supporting your opinion with evidence from our call-to-action and/or your research. 
    • Remember to state the problem early on and include a solution to the issue which is usually the “ask” in the call-to-action
    • Write a catchy title that will draw the reader in. 
    • Review your draft to make sure you are using respectful and inclusive language – see our anti-oppression best practices. 
  4.  Decide if you are sending your LTE to one or many newspapers. If you’re emailing multiple newspapers, put their addresses in the BCC field. Use our database of editors’ emails for options.  
  5. Press ‘send’ – congratulations! Tell your Group Leader you’ve submitted an LTE. If you are not part of a group, consider joining one
  6. Send your LTE draft to your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your opinion. 

did you get published?

  1. Do an internet search of your name and a key sentence from your LTE for a few weeks after you submit if the newspaper editor didn’t notify you that they picked up your LTE.  
  2. If you got published, complete the “I got published in the media” form
  3. Share it on social media by using #Canada4Results, plus tagging @ResultsCda and your Member of Parliament.  
  4. Keep submitting LTEs on future calls-to-action and you could become a publishing expert like Dena.

secret tips

  • Look at our latest learning session on LTEs (15 mins). 
  • Get more traction by connecting your LTE to a newsworthy topic or hook that inspires you - refer to our key dates, hashtags, tags, and keywords
  • Respond to a recently published article as a hook for your LTE. 
  • Collaborate with other volunteers. Nothing is stopping you from submitting a co-written LTE! 
  • Speak another language? Send your LTE to community newspapers published in that language. 
  • Consider writing an op-ed if you have lots of research material and 200 words isn’t enough! 

see an example of an LTE

Canada should invest $1-billion in the Global Fund: reader

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the contribution of frontline community health workers around the world to protect communities. Health workers are the overlooked backbone of any well-functioning health system. Much of the success of the Global Fund is due to the efforts of these health workers—most of whom are women. They identify and fight disease outbreaks, provide vital health services, and prepare communities for future health threats. More than two million community health workers are on the front lines in countries where the Global Fund invests.

To recover from yet another wave of COVID-19 and its devastating impact on AIDS, TB and malaria, and to strengthen systems to build a healthier and pandemic-proof world, Canada must invest a billion dollars in the Global Fund.

Randy Rudolph, Calgary, Publication date: September 26, 2022, The Hill Times

See more published volunteer LTEs.

See all our resources to help you write your LTE, along with key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords found on our call-to-action page.

Before volunteering with Results, I was so intimidated to write a letter to the editor but they gave me the tools to write one about immunizations and it ended up getting published! I feel so empowered to continue making a difference. 

– Megan, Results Canada volunteer

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