Regardless of target audience or style of writing, journalists are always looking to produce tighter articles that are free from repetition and leave out unnecessary information. But what are the key things to look out for when re-reading your own work?
In this article from Gatehouse Newsroom, journalist Jean Hodges explains that it's important to remember that reporters can be more on point with their storytelling without losing their voice or compromising their writing style.
She offers readers 10 ways to make their stories more succinct and to the point, which is vital for keeping readers engaged, especially with longer stories.
For example, journalists should always look out for often unnecessary words such as 'very' that can easily be removed without changing the meaning of the article, while being wary of the 'stutter quote' – the quoted repetition of what the journalist has already written herself.
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