Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Readability Checklist
The "readability" of any written text refers to how easily it can be read, followed and understood by its audience. News editors have been concerned with this for decades, and in the digital age it has become even more important. Stories must both appeal to their intended audiences and be easy for them to comprehend.
Editors have been concerned about readability for generations. The growth of online content — and the inherent competition it implies — has in many ways made readability even more important, not necessarily in the sense of ensuring that an article is simply comprehensible, but that it is written to the reading level expected by its intended audience.
Readability tips for writers and editors:
- Use short, simple, familiar words. Avoid words of four or more syllables when a shorter one will work.
- Avoid jargon — words or expressions that are used within a profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
- Use culture-and-gender-neutral language to make stories understandable to wider audiences.
- Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Use simple sentences, active voice, and present tense. If a sentence runs too long, divide it into multiple simpler sentences.
- Organize content to best capture and maintain reader interest.
- Use simple graphic elements such as bulleted lists.
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