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Headlines?. Making sure you convey the proper meaning. Something Went Wrong in Plane Crash, Expert Says. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers. Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures. Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted. Stud Tires Out.

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Headlines?

Making sure you convey the proper meaning


Something Went Wrong in Plane Crash, Expert Says


Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers


Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures


Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted


Stud Tires Out


Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms


Eye Drops off Shelf


Teacher Strikes Idle Kids


War Dims Hope for Peace


Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim


Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66


Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax


Miners Refuse to Work after Death


Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant


Stolen Painting Found by Tree


Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One


Drunken Drivers Paid $1000


If Strike isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge


Deer Kill 17,000


Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead


Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge


Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft


Kids Make Nutritious Snacks


Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy


Arson Suspect is Held in Massachusetts Fire


British Union Finds Dwarfs in Short Supply


Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half


New Vaccine May Contain Rabies


Prosecutor Releases Probe into Undersheriff


Old School Pillars are Replaced by Alumni


Bank Drive-in Window Blocked by Board


Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors


Sex Education Delayed, Teachers Request Training


Include your Children when Baking Cookies


Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over


HEADLINE RULES

1. Your headline should be specific to your story – avoid general ones

  • Non-example: Parents angry

  • Example: Parents angry over school district’s revised dress code


HEADLINE RULES

2. Use present tense for past and present events; use future tense (‘to’ and ‘will’) for future events

  • Example: Verlander powers Tigers to win over Yanks

  • Example: Colbert to host Oscars


HEADLINE RULES

3. In the interest of saving space, omit ‘a,’ ‘an,’ ‘the’; use the comma in place of ‘and’; use single quotation marks when this punctuation is needed; do not place period at end of headline

  • Non-example: AColonie man was killed by a delivery truck.

  • Example: Colonie man is killed by delivery truck


HEADLINE RULES

4. Use only widely known abbreviations

  • Non-example: UABoutlasts ECU in Conference USA b-ball marathon

  • Example: Alabama-Birmingham outlasts East Carolina in Conference USA basketball marathon


HEADLINE RULES

5. When you are writing for YOUR paper, omit school name or abbreviation (it’s a given)

  • Non-example: Shen students upset over new Halloween policy

  • Example: Students express frustration over new Halloween policy


HEADLINE RULES

6. Avoid repeating the same word of another form of the word

  • Non-example: Man suffers serious injuries in serious car crash

  • Example: Saratoga man suffers critical injuries in car crash


HEADLINE RULES

7. Attribute opinion; keep headlines objective (unless it’s an opinion piece)

  • Non-example: Republicans are to blame for economic crisis

  • Example: Republicans are to blame for economic crisis, says Biden


HEADLINE RULES

8. Use facts from the lead of a well-written story as the basis for your headline

  • Non-example: Hockey is on the horizon

  • Example: Hockey team looking to rebound from last year’s loss in sectional final


Problems with these?

  • The school’s new policy is a bad one.

  • Albany man is gunned down by a Troy man

  • UVM topped UMBC in men’s baseball

  • A-Rod has got to go

  • Gillibrand and Long debated at Skidmore College.


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