I can’t decide if the Word Count tool has been my best friend or my worst enemy over the course of my many journalism classes. Minimizing the amount of words I use and compacting my sentences to exclude adjectives are two things I have struggled with in my writing.
Mallary Tenore’s “6 ways Twitter has made me a better writer” helped to show me that I am not the only journalist who struggles with making their word deadlines.
In changing her own writing, she decided to begin to treat each sentence as if it were a tweet to gauge the importance of each word. I think this method is brilliant because Twitter limits each user to 140 characters on a post. I definitely want to start trying this with my own work because I’m the type of person who has many opinions in which I feel like everyone should want to listen, but in reality, most people don’t care.
Twitter is able to get out what I want to say without dragging it on and annoying all of my followers. In my opinion, Twitter has altered the way we receive news as a whole. Steve Buttry’s “10 ways Twitter is valuable to journalists” talks about how immediately after news breaks, people post it on Twitter. This allows for people to quickly and easily learn about what’s happening without having to read more than 140 characters.
Tenore and Buttry have helped to reinforce why Twitter limits the amount each person can tweet. As a journalist, my job is to get the news out as fast, accurate, and concise as I possibly can. People don’t want to read more than they have to and they want to have the opportunity to form their own opinions of the news happening around the world. Through Twitter, I plan to improve my wordiness in my stories by ensuring each part of my sentence is necessary for breaking the news to my followers.