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The 500-word universe? Globe and Mail bucks trend with 5,000-word feature

credit: Pixelbliss

credit: Pixelbliss

“Citius – Altius – Fortius” — faster, higher, stronger — is the motto of the Olympics. But reporters are fearing that journalism’s new motto is “Citius – Brevius – Debilius” (faster, shorter, weaker) since the wire services Associated Press (AP) and Reuters each sent memos earlier this month to staff urging directing them to keep their stories short. Very short.

The edicts had mixed reviews among journalists, but many lamented the shortening, over-simplifying and loss of autonomy they represent. Continue reading →

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