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Your Longest Inch Count

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Your Huckleberry, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Longest story I've ever produced for a newspaper article is 64 inches and I hope to the dear Lord I never have to do it again. It was about a school's financially strapped athletic department (gross).

    So what have you written?
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Why don't we ask your mom I did a 60-inch piece on a sandlot baseball team with a long history in the area, but I broke it up so it felt more like five 12-inchers. Not bad, not my best work, but it wasn't exactly 60 on a gamer, either.
  3. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    Did one that was about 120 inches. It was a diary type piece of life on the road with a team for about five days. Went over really well.
  4. It's generally the same length every day, though maybe a tad bit longer when I'm watching Katie Couric.
  5. That's GOLD!

    Ok, since I posted the train wreck, I feel guilty. So I'll oblige. My longest inch count story was 125, it was similar to the above in that I followed a high school basketball team for the days up to and including a sweet 16 game in the regional tournament. Luckily for me, the lads won in overtime and I was able to get some good stuff.
  6. BRoth

    BRoth Member

    Last summer I wrote a 90-something inch story about a group of overweight women who run triathlons. Pretty amazing stuff including one who's lost over 200 pounds, one who didn't learn to swim until her 40s and a quadriplegic who is almost back to competing.

    It got cut down to 70-ish. But still, damn long.
  7. Dude that sounds like a helluva interesting story.
  8. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Longest newspaper story I've written was about 90 inches, a year-in-review in a span when we had a number of state champs in preps, a kid drafted by the hometown MLB team and another kid who was a Parade All-American in basketball.

    Had a magazine story recently that was 10K words, all told.

    Yes, I can be verbose. :D
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    worked with a guy who wrote a 97-incher on finanical troubles in a little league. Managing editor cut that to 45
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Took him four hours to edit it in three tries over two days... lot of repetitive repetition
    ME said there's no way a 97-inch story is going in a paper with my name on it...
  11. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    The longest story I ever wrote was a 40-incher on a wrestling coach who was sent to Iraq with the National Guard right before the season started.
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