How to Write Letters to the Editor

Tips on How to Write a Letter to The Editor For Publication

1. Mention a recent published story, event or someone else's letter to the editor that was in that paper, and include the date it was printed or happened.

2. Adhere to the word limit for each paper. Keep your letter as short as possible. The editor is likely to edit letters for clarity or to fit available space. Shorter letters are more likely to be printed without too many changes.

3. Submit each letter you write to only one newspaper. Most of them don't like to print an identical letter that is printed in another newspaper. Feel free to write similar, but different letters on the same topic and send them to several papers at the same time.

4. Include your name, address, city, state and daytime telephone number. Phone numbers are not printed, but must be included to allow the editor to verify authorship of the letter.

5. They may not publish every letter. If several days have gone by, call the editor to make sure your letter didn’t end up in his SPAM email folder. Stay positive and keep writing!

6. After being published, wait the length of time that paper suggests before submitting another letter.

7. Use the contact information on the next page for the ten daily papers in Nebraska. Also submit letters to your local weekly newspaper and any national papers you read.

To make your letter to the editor more powerful, you should send it to one or more elected officials who need to hear from their constituents more often. Their contact information is here:

Please send suggested updates for these tips to:
Mark Welsch, Omaha Coordinator
Nebraskans for Peace, 402-453-0776
NFPOmaha1970 (AT) Gmail (Dot) Com 

Nebraska Daily Newspapers - Letters to the Editor

Columbus Telegram
1254 27th Ave
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-2741
Tyler Ellyson
300 Word limit. Every 90 days.

Fremont Tribune
135 N Main St
Fremont, NE 68025
(402) 721-5000
Tracy Buffington, Executive Editor
350 Word limit. Every 30 days.
Usually limited to people in their circulation area.

Grand Island Independent
422 W 1st St
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 382-1000
300 Word limit.

Hastings Tribune
908 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 462-2131
Darran Fowler, Publisher
300 Word limit.

Kearney Hub
13 E 22nd St
Kearney, NE 68847-5404
(308) 237-2152
300 Word limit.

Lincoln Journal Star
926 P St
Lincoln, NE 68508-3615
(402) 473-7434
Gordon Winters, Opinion Page
200 Word limit. Every 45 days.

Norfolk Daily News
525 Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701-5236
(402) 371-1020
Kent Warneke

North Platte Telegraph
621 N Chestnut St
North Platte, NE 69101-4131
(308) 532-6000
Peter Rogers, Publisher
300 Word limit. Every month.

Omaha World-Herald
1334 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68102-1138
(402) 444-1000
200 Word limit. Every month.

1405 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361-3151
(308) 632-9000
Steve Frederick, Editor
400 Word limit. Every month.

Please send suggested updates to:
Mark Welsch, Omaha Coordinator
Nebraskans for Peace, 402-453-0776

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