Lead Length and Voice in U.S. Newspapers

Gerald Stone [WJMCR 3:2 March 2000] Sections:  Abstract|Introduction|Literature Review|HypothesesMethodology|Results|Conclusions and Readability Abstract Do U.S. newspapers still adhere to the principle of writing short, active-voice leads? Leads in a large sample of staff-written articles averaged 23.5 words regardless of publication frequency, circulation size or whether the story was written on deadline, and about 70% were active-voice. While […]

International News Coverage in Local Japanese Newspapers

Hiromi Cho and Stephen Lacy [WJMCR 2:2 March 1999] Sections: Abstract|Introduction|Literature Review|Method|Results|Discussion Abstract International news coverage accounted for slightly more than 7% of the news in 48 Japanese local newspapers during this six-month period, which was greater than the percentage found in earlier studies of U.S. newspapers. Although the majority of international news space was devoted to hard […]