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Stringin' for first time in 12 years.

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by exmediahack, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Helping out a friend during the "Crazy time" for the sports schedule.

    Need to write 16 inches on a basketball game tonight. I feel embarrassed for asking but about how many words is that?

    Not a troll -- I'm a broadcasting guy just axin'.


  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Multiply by 34 and you'll be pretty close.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Make sure you get the fax number to send in your story.
  4. txscoop

    txscoop Member

    Interesting.. I never knew that
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  5. bob

    bob Member

    that's fairly accurate (I usually figure 35), but it all depends on type size, column width, correct?
  6. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member


    I've come to find out that the number varies from paper to paper.

    I usually go by 35 myself, so that would be about 560 words. But some papers are so tight, that 16 inches could be less than 500.

    I'd recommend that when you call into the paper before the game that you ask the night ed or whoever's working your story. They should be able to give you some guidance.
  7. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I've heard anything from 30-36 words per inch, and I've always gone with 200 characters = inch. But that's the ballpark.
  8. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Actually, it was the old Texas Instruments mini-computers "back in the day" with those shoddy, East German surplus modems. Much easier now.

    Write. E-mail. Be done with it.

    Thanks! Multiply by 34...got it.
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Get your friend to email you a 16-inch story. Copy and paste it into word. Do a word count. Voila.

    In my shop one inch = 182 characters, spaces included. So I just divide my total characters by 182.

    Which serves to point out that everybody figures it differently.
  10. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Funny on a journalism threat that involves math, no one did the math.

    34 x 16 = 544
  11. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I figured he could take the info (multiply by 34) and do it himself. Didn't realize we had to hold hands.
  12. And bring your acoustic couplers in case you have to use a payphone
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