Think a BusinessWeek story missed an important point? It happens all the time. But here's an exercise for you: Which paragraph would you put it into, and what would you cut to make the space? Those thoughts occurred to me as I read this comment from a reader:
It was a good article overall. I do (selfishly yet honestly) think it was lazy reporting to write an article about this generation and fail to mention that LiveJournal... has been helping millions of teens create online/offline identities and express themselves for 6 years now.
Here's the exercise: If you think the mention of LiveJournal should go in the story, figure out which paragraph it should go into. Rewrite that paragraph, including it, and make sure that the paragraph still flows well into the following one. Then, somewhere in the article, find an the same amount of text to cut, so that the story still fits in its space.
Granted, with media moving more and more online, such editing to the limitations of print can seem a bit quaint. But it's a useful exercise. I don't doubt for a minute that many of you can pull it off. But it's not easy. I've been working at it for three days straight... and I'm fit to be tied. And after I get back from four days in Oregon, I have another week of it.