Make your voice heard

canvassing tips

Communicate your message to a wide audience. Tips from Virginia Organizing1:

1 Be Timely. Newspapers rarely publish letters about topics that are not being covered in the news.

2 Assume Nothing. Give concise background info.

3 Make Specific References. Editors prefer to print letters that respond to a specific article.

4 Keep it Short. A short, focused letter is more likely to get published.

5 Keep it Focused.State your position as succinctly as possible.

6 Find a Local Angle.

7 Be Insightful. Readers want quick, insightful analogies and fresh, new perspectives.

8 Maintain Composure. Avoid personal attacks and focus instead on criticizing specific policies or ideas.

9 Provide Your Contact Info. Most newspapers will not publish your letter without this information, but when printed, will only include your name and city.


If you use email to submit your letter, include the letter in the body of an email. No attachments.

If it's relevant, Cc your legislator(s).

More advice on crafting a successful letter from Virginia Organizing

in N. Virginia area

Newpaper Address email
Alex Gazette Packet 1606 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Alexandria News
Alexandria Times 110 S. Pitt St. Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Connection* 1606 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
click for local
N Virginia Daily 152 N. Holliday Street
Strasburg, VA. 22657
USA Today 7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22108
The Washington Post 1150 15th Street NW
Washington DC 20071
The Zebra 2311 Mill Road, Suite 10
Alexandria, VA 22314>

*Connection Newspapers: Arlington Connection, Burke Connection, Centre View, *Fairfax Connection, Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection, Great Falls Connection, McLean Connection, Mount Vernon Connection, Oak Hill/Herndon Connection, Potomac Almanac, Reston Connection, Springfield Connection, and Vienna/Oakton Connection

★ Don't Forget the Small Newspapers – Smaller local papers are more likely to print your letter. This can spark local interest and suggest specific community action.


1. Speak out with Letters to the Editor, Virginia Organizing.