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The single headline is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, multi-deck headlines result in more reader friendly newspapers. Of course, not all headlines need to be multi-decks. Ideally, multi-deck headlines appear at the top of the page, and normally the lead story on inside pages should have them. For stories below the fold and for briefs, the reader is better served with single headlines.
• Multi-deck headlines must flesh out the story they accompany, while adding new information with each deck. The first line gets into the story; subsequent decks detail further aspects of the story. In a perfect world, multi-deck headlines are written in such a way that the scanner, who does not wish to read the text of the story, still can feel like he knows the "essence" of its content.
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• from leadMulti-deck headlines must offer typographic contrast: if the main headline is bold, then the decks should be lighter in weight; a Roman main headline may be accompanied by decks set in Italics. Lately, many newspapers have opted to colorize decks.
• from leadMulti-deck headlines must offer size contrast: if the main headline is set in 36 points, the first deck might be in 18 points, and the second in 14. Decks range from 12 to 24 points.