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May 13, 2014

Brevity is on everyone's minds today, with new AP guidelines telling its journalists keep stories between 300 and 500 words. Reuters' America editor, too, has advised reporters that most stories need to be no more than 500 words. "Brevity has its virtues. But are we becoming a nation of news McNuggets?" wondered Wall Street Journal's Sara Munoz.

Worse news in Australia, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation's budget will be cut by $120 million over the next four years as a result of decisions made by the Federal Government in tonight's budget. At ABCN, Natasha Mitchell elaborated, "Australian Network contract terminated 1 year into a 10-year contract with Dept Foreign Affairs & Trade."

And because the seeming scuffle between rapper Jay-Z and sister-in-law Solange Knowles is still in the news, we bring you this sign of unoriginality. "Two tabloids. Same photos. Same headline. Only in NY, mes amies," remarked Micheline Maynard with Curbing Cars. Of equal import, ABC NewsMeredith Frost noticed that this guy waited 5 years to finish this tweet.

(Photo credit: Shimon Prokupecz, CNN)

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