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Roughly how many words is 15-20"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jay Sherman, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    I use a program at work that gives me a running tally of how many inches I've written, but I'm filing on my laptop today and don't really know. Is 450-500 words right?
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    450-600, depending on type size and spacing.
  3. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    Yep. Figure 30-40 words per inch.
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    It could depend on the size/width of the columns your shop uses, font sizes, etc.

    But 450-600 seems about right.
  5. -Scoop-

    -Scoop- Member

    When I first started in the biz, my SE told me an inch was 33 words. I'm not sure if that's on point, but it's been what I've gone with, more or less.
  6. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    The general rule is 35-40.
    But, there are variables. Such as column width, font size, justification, set width and even leading come into play.
  7. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    Another trick I learned is to go to characters (with spaces), drop the last two digits, and divide the rest by two.

    Thus: 3,000 characters = 15".
  8. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    I always work on a laptop and I go by lines. In the font and size I use, 100 lines is a little more than 30 inches, so 50 lines is right around 15.
  9. Mediator

    Mediator Member

    At my place 15-20 would be 600-800.
  10. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Multiple inch count by 30 and then 35, and that gives you a legit range.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    When I first started, I learned I could get a more accurate count by counting characters. I think it was something like 31 characters (including spaces) per line and seven lines per inch.
  12. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    AP now figures 25 words to the inch. Back in the day, it was 50. That should tell you something about the news hole, or lack thereof.
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