In Email, is Brevity a Virtue? (Atlantic)

Email128An editor at The Atlantic argues that it is more polite and better for everyone’s productivity if you wasted no time adding the “dear or hello” to greet your reader, or the “cheers, best, sincerely, or thanks” to sign off—formalities that for many of us signify cordiality in our correspondence.

Instead, James Hamblin says he is “curt” in his emails. “Greetings and closings are relics of the handwritten missive that persist only as matters of, ostensibly, formality. Foregoing them can seem curt or impolite. But it’s the opposite. Long, formal emails are impolite,” he insists.

Read more about Hamblin’s email recommendations, including his rule of keeping email to three lines or fewer. “Rarely does an email require more than three sentences. If it does, consider calling or getting together in person,” he says.

Publishers Get Out of the ‘Comment’ Business (Poynter)

Speech bubbles256NPR has joined other publishers that are ending their practice of letting the public comment on website stories. Instead, the news organization will communicate with listeners via other means, like social media. Besides NPR, Reuters, Recode, The Verge, Popular Science, Chicago Sun-Times, and The Week have all stopped allowing comments. Read more about NPR’s decision on ending public website comments.