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Convert inches to words

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Sportsfan AS, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Sportsfan AS

    Sportsfan AS New Member

    Sorry for what probably sounds like a stupid question, but I am a student right now and have been writing for the student paper at my college for about eight months. They never tell me in terms of inches what to write, they tell me by words. Could someone explain to me what is meant by inches and how you might convert inches to words? Thanks. :-[
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Setting aside that it's taken you eight months to ask someone, figure about 30-40 words per inch, depending on column width.
  3. Sportsfan AS

    Sportsfan AS New Member

    Thanks. Well, it was never something I really needed to know to this point I guess but I figure I would need to know eventually.
  4. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    I'm sure I'll get smashed for being completely wrong, but I always figured 300 words was about 10 inches of column space.
  5. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    At 10 picas, I think you are about right.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    There is almost no such thing as completely wrong because, as Doc said, it depends on type size and column width. At my place, it's about 35-36 words per inch.
  7. BRoth

    BRoth Member

    Is about 450 words per 15 inches right?
  8. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Unless you're a serial sesquipedalianizer. Then you're sunk.
  9. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Like Doc and Spnited said, it's dependent on the width's used. At my old paper, it was 33 words to an inch. But I've also written for papers where it's 30 words to an inch and others where it's 40 to an inch.
  10. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    This is wonderful news. It sounds much more prolific when I say my penis is somewhere between 120 and 160 words long.
  11. I always go with 33.3333333...which makes 12 inches a nice round 400 words, and 18 inches for 600 words. But it does depend on your paper's setup.
  12. Mediator

    Mediator Member

    We're 40. So 400 words is 10 inches, and 15 inches is 600.

    The beauty of the new pagination programs is you don't have to be exact. They can fudge little things to make your story fit the space.
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