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Letter To The Editor

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoSueMe, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    So, I get an e-mail in my personal work account inbox.

    However, it's addressed to the editor. It begins, "Dear Editor."

    Now, it's a letter about me. A good one. A letter about how the writer appreciated a story I wrote recently; and the writer compliments my writing. It's not just a thanks-for-covering-our-whatever type of letter.

    The question is would you forward it to your editor if you were me? Or, does it seem like I'm tooting my own horn? (Which I guess I would be doing)
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Clearly, it's meant for the editor and it's going to make points for you so why not forward it?
  3. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    Would you forward it if it were a negative letter about you?
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    forward the hell out of it and then walk into his or her office and say: take that biatch.
  5. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    good point. I doubt I would forward it either way. It's not like newspapers reward solid writing with a raise or anything.
  6. Billy Monday

    Billy Monday Member

    Editors are (or should be) interested in feedback their reporters have gotten on their stories, good or bad.
  7. brettwatson

    brettwatson Active Member

    Definitely forward it. And keep a copy for your next performance review. Compliments typically are few and far between in this business. Relish all you get...and thank your mom for sending it.
  8. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Must have been a good story. I got another letter from someone else today - and it was addressed to me though.

    I forwarded the other.
  9. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    It's either a CC of a letter that's meant to go to your editor or it's someone who expects you to forward it to your editor. Either way, forward that puppy!

    Believe me, as a now-former managing editor, if one of my reporters got a letter that was that complimentary about his or her work, I'd have him or her send it my way so I could include it in personnel files. I'd also congratulate the writer in some way (for instance, a Slurpee for two reporters I know LOVE those things).
  10. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Two positive letters on the same story.

    That's great!
  11. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I understand how unseemly it feels to toot your own horn. But if you don't toot it, it's quite likely no one else will, though in this case you'd actually be forwarding a toot, so it's not your own toot.
  12. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    If you're worried about the appearance of horn-tooting, and if you have a general "letters to the editor" e-mail address, you might forward it to that, instead of to the editor himself. Either way, it'll get seen.
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