Compliment or Praise the Media, an Author, or an Editor — Letter-Writing Tutorial


A complimentary letter shows support for the issue at hand and encourages more of the same. Your letter should be direct and sincere, without being self-serving.


1. Tell the reader that you enjoyed or appreciated his or her work.


  • I read your recent article about unemployment in our community and sincerely appreciated its message.
  • Your article on business expansion in our area was very enlightening.
  • I just finished reading your book Doe's Ways and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.
  • I compliment you on the way you handled that difficult interview with John Doe.
  • Thank you for the update on white collar crime. It was a sobering report.
  • I appreciate your covering the Doe merger in your recent telecasts.
  • I commend you for your excellent report on the homeless in our city.


  • add my praise to
  • admired the way you dealt with
  • appreciate your coverage
  • are to be commended for
  • commend you for
  • congratulate you on
  • excellent series of
  • for the update on
  • have long admired your
  • how disturbed I was
  • how much I enjoyed
  • just finished reading
  • read your recent
  • sincerely appreciated the message
  • such an outstanding
  • want you to know
  • was a first-rate
  • was most enlightening

2. State specifically what you liked about the reader's work.


  • The article clearly showed each side of the issue and raised many questions that most voters have not considered.
  • The report was well documented, so no one can claim that it was just one person's opinion.
  • The timing for the article was perfect, and your arguments were compelling.
  • Your piece was very revealing. I had never heard the issue presented in that light.
  • Your topics are always interesting and educational. We have especially enjoyed the nature programs. Our entire family sits down each Monday evening to watch them.


  • clear, incisive analysis of
  • clearly showed both sides
  • complete and accurate
  • easy to understand
  • excellent background information
  • expertly researched and written
  • explained so clearly
  • helped me to see more clearly
  • intelligent and articulate
  • most refreshing
  • raised some important questions
  • seeing different points of view
  • seem to have a gift for
  • such a clear depiction of
  • such a concise explanation
  • the skill with which you
  • this vitally important topic
  • was well documented
  • was most thought-provoking
  • will surely be of great value

3. Close by thanking the writer for his or her work.


  • Thank you for making me aware of such an important issue.
  • I appreciate your insights.
  • Thank you for adding local interest stories to the evening news.
  • I am grateful that we have such a strong voice in the media, someone who does not hesitate to speak her mind on the importance of the family.
  • Reports like yours help support the efforts of small businesses like mine. Thank you.
  • Thank you for your weekly column. I look forward to it every Sunday.
  • You deserve thanks for your commitment to bringing the public such vital information.


  • am grateful for
  • best wishes for
  • congratulations
  • for a job well done
  • for speaking your mind
  • for having the courage
  • for making me aware
  • for your insights
  • hope you will continue to
  • how much I appreciate
  • keep up the good work
  • keeping us informed
  • look forward to
  • raising public awareness
  • seeing more of your work
  • thank you for
  • your skill and effort
  • your professional approach
  • your further success

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