I like that advice. I wish I had followed it more when I was a print journalist. It took me a while to realize that not every action in a city council meeting required a full story.
Since I left newspapers three years ago, a lot has changed in the number still printing and in how subscribers read.
For example today, I do not subscribe to the entire week of print editions. I get a weekend paper edition of my local newspaper. I follow the newspaper's coverage through Twitter, Facebook and a special app on my iPhone during the week.
- With Twitter, I can see tweets about new stories and link to the newspapers Web site.
- By hitting a like button or typing a comment, I can interact with other newspaper readers on Facebook.
- At the newspaper's Web site, I can answer poll questions or comment on articles.
- Through the newspaper's app, I can Tweet, post a link on Facebook or email the article to friend.
I fell in love with the 140-character Tweets when I accidentally found Twitter several years ago. Now through my list of followers, I have my own personal news feed where I find information on writing and health care issues.
I also like that Tweets make me write short.
If you are on Twitter, follow me @StacyWrites. I'll be brief. Twitter makes us all that way.