Doubt-- The Enemy of Succinctness
The importance of word selection is covered in the assigned Cappon text. In all writing, but especially journalism, it is important to avoid verbosity. Considering this is such a common problem for writers of all disciplines, I began to wonder why it is so difficult to keep things short, sweet, and accurate. I believe that most of our problems arise when we, as writers, do not trust the words we select to be enough for reader comprehension. When these doubts override our writing sensibilities, we are underestimating not only ourselves, but our readers. Another reason writers tend to err on the side of wordiness is because of a desire to paint a certain picture for the reader. However, in journalism it is not the writer's job to make the reader feel as though he/she was there, it is the writer's job to present the facts in a way that leaves the reader free to make his/her own judgments.