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Readers' Letters
Readers' letters

Newspapers print a wide range of correspondence from their readers, from advice pages, question and answer pages (for example, the Guardian's Notes and Queries column) and the problem pages of agony aunts. These pages serve as fora for dialogue and debate between newspaper and readership, allowing certain readers ‘to express their opinions, their fears, their hopes – and, just as important, air their grievances’ (Jackson, 1971: 152).

‘Letters to the editor’ represent the model genre of readers' letters. Argumentative in tone and written about more politically ‘weighty’ topics than other readers' letters, research on letters to the editor has recently grown substantially (Morrison and Love, 1996; Richardson, 2001a; Richardson and Franklin, 2003, 2004; Wahl-Jorgensen, 2001, 2002; Lynn and Lea, 2003; Wober, 2004). Historically, letters ...

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