The Reader’s Letter is a type of letter (letter-writing genre) usually published in newspapers and magazines, where readers can present their opinions.

It is a place where the opinions, suggestions, criticisms, questions, praises and complaints of the readers are published and can be viewed by any individual.

It has a relevant function for the media, so that the reader’s letter ensures a feedback (feedback) from your readers.

It is an important communication tool whose reader can interact with the medium of communication, thus exposing his point of view about news, news, research or any other current topic.

In addition, it may suggest some topic to be addressed. For this reason, it is an important tool of production of agenda for the vehicles of communication.

Thus, we must remember that the reader’s letter has a sender (broadcaster or broadcaster) and receiver (receiver or interlocutor).

Before it is published it goes through the review team, who will adapt the text and correct possible errors.

For this reason, there is no specific model, since it follows the presentation pattern and the space destined for that purpose determined by the medium.

It is worth remembering that the reader’s letter is a small section of the communication vehicle, which can be published in full, or only relevant excerpts.

As will be published, expressions of low slang, or biased positions should not be pronounced.

In addition, the reader should avoid popular expressions, slang, language vices, presenting his text in a formal language, that is, following the cultured norm of the language.

Importantly, according to the public, language can be more relaxed, for example, in a magazine for adolescents.


The main features of the reader card are:

  • Short texts written in 1st person
  • Current and subjective issues
  • Simple, clear and objective language
  • Presence of recipient and sender
  • Expositive and argumentative text

Structure: How to Make a Reader’s Letter?

Generally the readers’ letters do not follow a standard structure, however, they must present some structural elements:

  • Vocative: the name of the magazine or newspaper appears and may be accompanied by a place and date (called a header).
  • Introduction: A short passage that addresses the subject that will be presented and explored by the reader.
  • Development: development of the reader’s argument about its central idea.
  • Conclusion: the reader scores his ideas, and usually includes a suggestion for the subject addressed.
  • Farewell: represents the final greetings of the reader, for example, regards, cordially, hugs, etc.
  • Signature: The reader signs his name, which may appear in acronym form, for example, Afonso Santos (A.S.)