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10 Reasons to Not Read Listicles

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Image This is at the heart of good news writing.

I just returned from a tech meet up in which we discussed how people “snack” on content. Increasingly, one person asserted, website users only read the headline and lead before emailing the article or moving on.

News rooms also have fewer writers but are expected to churn out five to eight articles a day. This varies from each editor’s style. Across the industry, journalists are feeling the upward pressure that ultimately gave rise to the listicle.

Listicle (n): an article made up of a series of facts, tips,quotations, or examples organized around a particular theme. (

Here are 10 reasons, humor intended, to shun the use of listicles:

  1. They often lack nuance
  2. They get in the way of real journalism
  3. Numbers suggest order, order suggests hierarchy, and the “10 Reasons” seldom conform to this logic
  4. Kittens do not need…

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This entry was posted on February 19, 2014 by in Uncategorized.
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