Newspapers & Magazines
Dominion Post, (200 word limit)
Listener (300 word limit)
Otago Daily Times,
Sunday Star Times (150 word limit)
The Wellingtonian, (200 word limit)
Radio NZ, Chris Laidlaw
Radio NZ, Kim Hill
Radio NZ, Mora, Jim
Radio NZ, Morning Report
Radio NZ, Nine To Noon
1. Always include your full name, address (not a PO Box), and contact number. Your address and phone number won’t be published, and are simply required to ensure that letter-writers are not using other peoples’ details.
For example, at the bottom of each letter,
1 Everywhere St
021 000 001
(09) 123 4567
2. Send only one letter to one media. Media generally don’t like it if you send the same letter to multiple recipients. They prefer each letter to be unique.
3. When writing a letter from scratch, try to mention a specific politician BY NAME. Eg; “What is John Key thinking, selling our own assets back to us?”, or, “Paula Bennett’s tinkering of welfare and blaming the unremployed for their plight will not create the 170,000 new jobs which John Key promised us last year.”.
Mentioning a politician by name ensures a strong possibility it will be noticed by their clipping service; extracted from the relevant media; and placed on their desk for his/her attention.
4. When writing a letter from scratch, newspapers generally prefer a word length of 200-250 words. Magazines such as “North & South”, “Listener”, etc, have larger word-maximums.
5. When writing a letter from scratch, keep your letter polite, but firm. Media editors don’t publish abusive letters.
6. For proof-reading letters, feel free to email to: Frank Macskasy, email@example.com