Is journalism too wordy?

This Michael Kinsley essay in The Atlantic about newspaper story lengths and structures is getting a lot of attention. The headline (“Cut This Story!”) and first three sentences (“One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology. It’s that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to the point.”) are misleading, since Kinsley really isn’t talking about story length, but rather about how journalistic conventions unnecessarily add words and obscure meaning in stories.

He makes some good points, as does Spencer Ackerman in talking about how modular journalism like that practiced at The Washington Independent (which I am a big, big fan of) can solve many of the problems Kinsley raises.

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