Grassroots activism can help

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor can be an effective tool to help shape the news in your local paper, and even your statewide papers and national media outlets.

There are a few things you want to keep in mind.

Be brief. A letter to the editor can be about 100-200 words. Consider this your invitation to learn more to people. 

Be bold. Use language that gets the point across. Don’t waste time on filler words.

Be frequent. Get others in your local area to write letters to the same editor. Flooding them with letters on the same topic can help ensure that the editor sees the sentiment is shared. They may even run multiple letters in the same publication, or over a period of time. 

Start your letter with the most important point, don’t “lead” people to your point, start out with it.

Social Media

Social media is one of the easiest ways to use your phone to create change.

Likely, you are familiar with Facebook. Perhaps you are comfortable with Twitter. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve carefully crafted your profile on Instagram. Who knows, and who cares. It’s time to get using every platform you have at your fingertips. 

Facebook. Great for organizing Facebook groups and getting the word out to your friends and family. The groups can be great ways to organize people for protests and letters to the editor drives or have conversations with like-minded people. Facebook is not however the best platform to counter politicians and media agents. 

Twitter is the best place to go to shrink the gap between you and your lawmaker, or reporters and other public figures. Use it. Retweet other people at first and get comfortable with it. You can learn a lot simply by being on it and getting acquainted with the platform and seeing how others use it. Don’t get intimidated by hashtags and all the rest. Get moving!

Instagram. Instagram is a great place to do livestreams, there are a lot of people who follow you already and can tune in. It’s a comfortable platform to do livestreams on. You can also do livestreams on Facebook too. The photo quality and video editing tools on Instagram make it a favorite for influencers and people who are quite active in promoting their opinions and commentary on news events. 

Anchor.Fm is a free platform you can use to record podcasts. You can use it to interview people in your own neck of the woods and gain a following in your community.

All of these tools, if used to their fullest potential, can help give you space to create, influence and make an impact. 

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