Writing in chunks

This week’s exercises have you looking at examples of online news writing. In one of the exercises, you’re asked, among other things, whether the stories are broken into “chunks.”

What’s a “chunk” you ask? Chunking is an approach to organizing and writing information online to make it more accessible and readable. This approach recognizes that online readers often do not read things in chronological order. Instead, they tend to click around on web sites, targeting whatever looks most relevant and/or interesting.

That’s why online writers try to break stories into stand-along segments, or chunks, that will make sense even if you read them “out of order” or don’t read all of them.

Here are some additional sources of information on chunking and online writing: