This week’s lesson from the newsroom comes straight from the law of journalism. Even Stephen King had to deal with this lesson:
Thou shall write lean. Let no words be wasted.
It’s the importance of saying what you must in as few words as possible.
The reason for doing this is because a newspaper is restricted to the amount of space they have with each issue. There has to be a proper ratio of stories (known as copy), pictures, graphics, and advertisements.
Because of this formula, sometimes an article will come out too long to fit in the space available. This has been painfully illustrated to me on more than one occasion, but the first time is embedded in my memory forever…