On Thursday, change is coming to the letters to the editor – both in the way letters are submitted to The News Tribune and how they are published.
The e-mail address that many writers have used for submitting letters – firstname.lastname@example.org – is being discontinued. Instead, writers will submit their letters via an easy-to-use online form on The News Tribune’s website. The URL is blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/submit.
The form allows writers to suggest their own headline and includes a word counter so they know when they reach the 250-word limit.
Letters will be published in two ways: Some of the letters we receive will be selected to run in the newspaper as usual. They will also appear online on the letters blog (blog.thenewstribune.com/letters), where we will post additional letters that don’t make the print edition.
Because space is limited in the newspaper, most letters cannot be printed. The blog will allow us to share many more. Although our 30-day limit on publication will not apply to letters that appear on the blog, excessive submissions will not be posted.
We hope this new way of submitting and publishing letters will encourage more readers to share their opinions. If you have questions, please call Cheryl Tucker at 253-552-7033.