Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor is one of the places nearly anyone, with persistence, can get published and read by a large audience. Some publications are able to publish all of the letters they receive, but most exercise some form of discretion. Obvious screening techniques include discarding any letter that is abusive, racist, heavy with obscenities, etc., as well as overly long letters. Depending on the publication, letters are selected based on a variety of factors, including relevance, timeliness, succinctness, clarity, and the clearest statement of a common sentiment.