Editors Write Stupid Headlines

February 23, 2009

Writing headlines is a real art form. Editors have to get the point of the story across in a few words, using a strange form of language called headline-speak, and make it fit the layout. Wit is good, cliche is bad, and bad puns, while frowned up on, are all too common.

Here’s a funny blog post featuring a few real howlers.

Sometimes I miss writing headlines, but to be honest, it was my least favourite part of the job. It’s harder than you think. The headlines featured above run the range of mistakes, though, from wrong to stupid to obvious to lacking in basic logic.

One comment

  1. At the Navigator (my college paper) where I was the art director, they’d often have me lay out stories called “Title TBD” in which I’d just write headlines for. Usually involving puns. Most went to print because no one got around to writing real ones or even noticing.

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