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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Making sure you convey the proper meaning
1. Your headline should be specific to your story – avoid general ones
2. Use present tense for past and present events; use future tense (‘to’ and ‘will’) for future events
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
4. Use only widely known abbreviations
5. When you are writing for YOUR paper, omit school name or abbreviation (it’s a given)
6. Avoid repeating the same word of another form of the word
7. Attribute opinion; keep headlines objective (unless it’s an opinion piece)
8. Use facts from the lead of a well-written story as the basis for your headline