Iâ€™ve found that over the last few days, as the students work through their assignments,Â Iâ€™ve been fielding a lot of questions along the lines of â€œwhat should a word count be for my online articlesâ€. Reflecting on this I understand itâ€™s a reasonable question but Iâ€™ve found it a frustrating one.
My reply has been that word counts are for essays, dead trees and lazy people.
Now, let me just say that I donâ€™t think that any of the students who ask thatÂ question are lazy or stupid (or a dead tree!).Â The thing that frustrates me is that it seems to me an old media way of quantifying the value, weight or merit of an article – 150 words = NIB. 2000 words = feature etc.