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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

Headlines?

Making sure you convey the proper meaning


Headlines

Something Went Wrong in Plane Crash, Expert Says


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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers


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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures


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Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted


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Stud Tires Out


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Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms


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Eye Drops off Shelf


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Teacher Strikes Idle Kids


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War Dims Hope for Peace


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Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim


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Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66


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Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax


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Miners Refuse to Work after Death


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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant


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Stolen Painting Found by Tree


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Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One


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Drunken Drivers Paid $1000


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


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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge


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Deer Kill 17,000


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Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead


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Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge


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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft


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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks


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Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy


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Arson Suspect is Held in Massachusetts Fire


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British Union Finds Dwarfs in Short Supply


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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half


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New Vaccine May Contain Rabies


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Prosecutor Releases Probe into Undersheriff


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Old School Pillars are Replaced by Alumni


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Bank Drive-in Window Blocked by Board


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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors


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Sex Education Delayed, Teachers Request Training


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Include your Children when Baking Cookies


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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over


Headline rules

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


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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 rules2

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 rules3

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 rules4

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


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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 rules6

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


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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

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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