The headline I liked read “A marital knot: Wilt thou take this woman… (italics) and her name?” It ran on the front page of the Omaha World Herald on Sunday, October 5, 2008.
The No. 1 reason I like this headline is because it is a play on words. I love plays on words because they make me laugh. Some puns newspapers use don’t make any sense, but I thought this one provided both clarity and creativity. It has clarity because I instantly understood what the article discusses, which is the slow-growing trend of men taking their wives’ last names.
The headline is not very brief, but I don’t think it contains any extra words, either.
Finally, this headline is a winner because it caused me to read a story I probably wouldn’t have read if the headline had read “Some men take wives’ last names” or something similarly generic.
I liked a headline in The New York Times sports section titled, “Reunited, on Opposite Sides.” It’s about the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez and the Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel who were both part of the Cleveland Indians’ organization years ago. They are now both in the NLCS, but on opposite teams. I liked this headline because it tells what’s going on in the story, but does so in a catchy way. I understand that the headline doesn’t give any details like the names of Ramirez and Manuel, but I still like it because I did know what it was talking about, and I really liked the flow and creativeness the headline contained.
Headline: “Politics at the Five-and-Dime” from The Washington Post
I really liked this headline because it fit the subject of the story (a news feature about a woman who works at Dollar General) but was also more profound – politics without politicos or pundits, politics coming from the public. There aren’t many words but they are effective. I want to read this story because the headline tells me it is a person who is more like me than either John McCain or Barack Obama.
Headline: At Last
It’s short and sweet. The front page of the Rocky Mountain News shows a memorial of slain Bronco’s player Darrent Williams and the headline suggests there is some justice at last. I really like simple headlines that get straight to the point, so this was a good find.
Headline: Wall Street’s Tremors Leave Harlem Shaken
This headline caught my eye because 1. it dealt with the economic crisis that we’re all very interested in, 2. it’s introducing an aspect of the crisis that few people have covered yet, and 3. it effectively conveys the unbalanced economy right now. And also, I love the play on the popular dance “the Harlem shake.” Very clever. It was a great headline for a really interesting story.
A headline that stood out to me was from the New York Times on Thursday, October 9. The headline reads simply: “Not Exactly Domesticated.”
The story is about the strange homes and decorating choices of Wayne Coyne, of the Flaming Lips. The headline interested me because it begged the question- “if he isn’t exactly domesticated, what is he?” It made me want to at least start reading the article, since it seemed like there was an interesting story, but the headline didn’t give away too much about what that story could be.
The headline I liked is: “Monumental Discovery” from The Monitor on Friday, Oct. 10.
The headline is short. The words are big and they line up well. I really wanted to know what the discovery was. After I found out, I liked the headline even more. The story is about a stone cross memorial that was found in hurricane wreckage. It’s a really good play on words, and a nice angle for what could have been just another “hurricane aftermath” story.
Headline: “The Curse of the Duncraig Castle.” Oct. 2, 2008, The New York Times real estate section.
The title sounds dramatic, but it left me wondering what kind of curse plagued the castle.
The story was about a family of about 17 people who moved into a castle by a lake in Scotland. The castle was expensive and needed to be re-modeled, so the entire family decided to pitch in. But issues, such as not having hot water, heat or enough money added with the unequal input each family member, put strains on this living situation.
In the end, most of the family moved out and cut ties with the only four people who remained.
Headline: “With the US economy in a tailspin, everyone wants to know: Where’s the bottom?” The State Journal Register, Springfield, Illinois. Oct. 10, 2008
I liked this healine, even though it is rather long, because it’s a question I’ve been asking myself. I want to read the story because I know they will answer the question. The headline actually is for a package of stories about the economy and I thought it was a great way to tie them all in together.
“Bogus Donors Give to Obama” (10-10-08)
This front page headline from The Denver Post really grabbed my attention, mainly because of the word “bogus”. I like the headline because it’s different and caught by eye right away. With all the talk of campaign finance reform and regulated donations, a headline like this is extremely interesting. It definitely captured the essence of the story; it was short and to the point, no fluff or opinion. Even a reader not interested in politics would likely click on the headline and read a sentence or two of the story. It’s a curious headline.
“Parched Californians Feel Pull of ‘Witches’ and Forked Sticks”
New York Times
Thursday, Oct. 9
This unique headline piqued my interest right away. It’s language and content really drew me in, and it was actually the story that I read first in the paper.
Although the headline a bit long, the story itself is complicated and the headline encompasses all aspects of it: the drought, the location, the desperation, the newly found supernatural beliefs of the people there.
The language of the headline is strong — “Parched” suggests a drought to the reader using a very strong adjective. The word choice in “Witches and Forked Sticks” also makes a strong impression on the reader that really serves to draw him or her in.
Finally, the headline matches the tone of the story — it is a bit of an oddity, and the story focuses on that aspect. If it had been a touching, or a simple informative, story, this would not have been appropriate. But the fact that the content is slightly amusing and weird allows the headline to also be slightly amusing and weird.
Headline: “Husker fan was having a ball at the game–until he caught the ball,” from the Lincoln Journal Star
I thought this headline was awful long but I think it needed to be to almost tell the story. I liked this headline because it left me wanting to know what happened to this husker fan. Why all of a sudden did a husker fan go from having a good time until he caught a ball?
The story is about the NU-Missouri game on Saturday and how a husker fan stole a football that he caught. Being a first-timmer at a Husker game he hid it in his jacket and went to the bathroom, because he thought people may attack him for it. When he came back UNL police took it from him and returned it to Missouri. The fan then got thrown out of the game.
After reading this I thought the headline was funny. Like the husker fan I didn’t realize that keeping a football was stealing. I guess I was thinking how it’s okay in baseball.
‘Avenue Q’ a case of puppet love
Risque homage to Jim Henson’s ‘Sesame Street’ offers grown-up lessons as part of mad mix of serious and whimsical.
Friday, October 10
I may be a little biased, but I loved this headline largely in part because I’m a huge theatre and Avenue Q fan. Apparently Avenue Q’s tour had hit Indianapolis and this headline, to me, was a great way to get people interested. I liked the use of “puppet love,” similar to “puppy love” as the show does have varying romantic themes.
The story ran at the top of the page in the “Your Weekend” section, which obviously tells that its an entertainment piece.
I also really liked the byline that followed the main headline. The use of the words risque and whimsical not only completely describes exactly what the show itself is about, but they are descriptive enough to be noticed on the page.
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