Tips for Writing to the Editor


  •     Opinion/Commentary is the second most widely read section of the newspaper.
  •     Most newspapers welcome letters from the public.
  •     You can share your views with a wide audience.
  •     You’ll gain support from others or help others see a different perspective. Your voice matters.


  • Keep it short and simple. Aim for 220-300 words or less. (letters that are too long will be edited, and you won’t be able to control the content).
  • Include “Letter to the editor” as a title or subject line if you are emailing.
  • If emailing, write in the body of the email – no attachments.
  • If you are responding to an article you read, specify its title and publication date.
  • Write as you would speak.
  • Be civil. Avoid debates or personal attacks; just state your opinion and why you feel this way.
  • Include your name, email and telephone number at the bottom of the letter (they will not be published, but the editors may wish to contact you for clarification).
  • Send it to one newspaper or multiple newspapers. After a couple days, call to ask when will be published.


As we are all aware, almost all of New Brunswick’s daily and weekly English and French newspapers are controlled by the Irving conglomerate.  (see UNB paper on our sad media  story here). Sometimes letters will be shared between newspapers.

The Sackville Tribune-Post, Saint Croix Courier and L’Acadie Nouvelle remain independent, as do a number of weeklies.

Times & Transcript – Moncton
Tel: 859-7131

Telegraph Journal – Saint John
Tel: 452-6675

The Gleaner – Fredericton
Tel: 443-2928

Sackville Tribune-Post
Tel: 902-694-6225 /

L’Acadie Nouvelle – Caraquet, Dieppe, Fredericton
Tel: 1-800-561-2255

L’Etoile – Nouveau-Brunswick, la Cataracte, Chaleur, Dieppe, Kent, Péninsule Acadienne, la République, Restigouche, Shédiac
Tel: 383-2598
Editor in chief: