A Clearer, more Concise aspect of the Main-Stream Media
Just like newspaper columns and even editorials and opinions pages as a writer perhaps the biggest challenge of all is to produce a piece that makes considerable options before they are published. Yes – to be certain there are a lot of restrictions on today’s journalists, mainly and not necessarily in this order, nevertheless the list looks something like this.
Most main-stream media (MSM) providers want extremely scaled back versions of what one is reporting on; say like sentence length, word choice, paragraph length, transitional verbiage, and particularly in the blogosphere, the total word count of the piece is vitally important. Therefore, various reading type statistics are constantly being monitored so the author can clearly hit the mark – or more aptly, the target audience.
And folks the data being considered are a tough one to take; albeit quite true it nonetheless is frightening from the writer’s perspective. The average reading level in the United States is at or about the eighth-grade level. In order to reach a greater audience sentences should be simple, concise, and to the point. Currently sentence length is optimum at twelve words per sentence. Average paragraph length should be approximately one or maybe two sentences.
Therefore effectually one could feel a great accomplishment by reading and completing the article. Please do not misunderstand where we are arriving at – who wants to read something they don’t understand?
However, in the blogosphere the rules are a little less constrained; therefore, if one wishes to have a successful and well-read blog then one of the most important requirements is total words. Most blogosphere experts adhere to the notion that less is better; therefore, one’s blog should not exceed at total of 350 words. Currently we are at 300 words.
Some people like to read only the relevance of a story, while others prefer an entertaining read with humor which will inevitably add to the total word count. So why this data on what writers are supposed to do?
It is within the “dumming-down” process for sure. There are newspapers, journals, and otherwise that do remain at a fully educated person would care to read. The Wall Street Journal is a class act as are some sites within the blogosphere. The Daily Caller is deserving of mention as is Real Clear Politics. However, just as a suggestion Judicial Watch, Roll Call, The Foundry, Western Journalism, The Cato Institute as well as The Heritage Foundation give detailed analysis on their feature writing.
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