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Word to Inch Conversion

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by n8wilk, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. n8wilk

    n8wilk Guest

    Anyone know an accurate word-to-inch conversion?

    I always used 35 per inch, but a feature I just finished came in at 90-something, 10 longer than I had estimated. Looks like I need to find a better one.

  2. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    There are always variables.
    Width of column, set-width of type. Size of typeface and overall leading.
    Good rule is 35-40 per inch. But, you need to adjust that with filing experience.
  3. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    33.5 is about what it's worked out to be for me for a number of different papers.
  4. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Can we start a thread charting every time this thread is started? It would be so meta. ;D
  5. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Shit, of my 5,200-plus posts, I'm positive approximately 3,700 include the number "33.5". If it wasn't for this topic, I wouldn't be a part of the SJ bracket.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    We need this discusssion once a month?

    Here's a real novel idea: The next time you send in a story, ask someone on your desk at your paper how many words it was and how many inches it converted to. So when he says it's 450 words and it's about 13 inches, you'll be able to figure on 35 words per inch.

    You see, there is no set answer. It's variable depending on type size, column width, etc.
  7. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Good answer. Just ask who you're working for. If it's not your regular employer, they'll understand.
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