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  1. Andrew Mach
    October 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “Astronomers Say They’ve Found Oldest Galaxy So Far” – ABCNews.com, 10/20/2010
    A group of European astronomers claim to have found the oldest galaxy ever, from the earliest years of the universe. It’s a galaxy from 13.1 billion years ago when the universe was very young, just shy of 600 million years old.

    This headline is direct and to the point. It clearly states that this is brand new information that was recently found out and it deals with quite intriguing subject matter.

    “Phew! 2010 Doomsday Date May Be Wrong” – ABCNews.com, 10/20/2010
    The much-hyped “prediction” that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21, 2010, may be based on a miscalculation. This mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by more 50 to 100 years.

    This headline is both humorous and informative. The first word is an interjection with an exclamation point, which you don’t find that often in news headlines, and the rest of the headline is very informative. I chose to read this because this is huge news for all of the people who believe in this doomsday. (I am not a dooms-day believer).

  2. Cory Dozier
    October 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    “Chilling Tuths: The facts of Halloween” – Journalstar.com, Oct. 20, 2010.
    The article talked about the little-known facts that have created Halloween as we know it. From the reason Halloween was first celebrated to why we wear masks to celebrate it. Another interesting fact it discussed is that jack-o’-lanterns actually began as turnips rather than pumpkins, they were replaced with pumpkins because they were obviously easier to carve. I liked the headline because I found it to be very clear, catchy and obviously timely.

    “Halladay hardly a Giant killer” – USAtoday.com, Oct. 21, 2010.
    This article talked about Roy Halladay as he faces the San Francisco Giants in game 5 of the National League Championship Series. It discussed how Halladay has struggled against the Giants even though he is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award. I liked the headline because I thought it was catchy and interesting. The only issue I can see with the headline is that some might not understand it because not everyone knows the Phillies are facing the Giants. However, I think most people, even non sports fans, should understand it.

  3. Kay Kemmet
    October 25, 2010 at 12:11 am

    “No one’s said yes to this dress” from the Lincoln Journal Star’s Wednesday front page caught my attention. The story is about a wedding gown found on the street and Crete, Neb., and was probably mostly chosen for its oddity. The headline is clever and engaging and draws the reader in. While the story was the least pertinent on the page and is just a little plug in the bottom right corner, the headline was witty, interesting and really made me want to know exactly what the story was about. However, this type of headline doesn’t give away much of the story and a deck “Crete police holding wedding gown found on the street.” was necessary.

    In Thursday’s Lincoln Journal Star, there is a really cheesy centerpiece about a discovery made using the Hubble Space Telescope. The only part of the centerpiece above the fold is an art head “Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…” After reading the story, the art head is clever and accurately depicts the discovery of an ancient galaxy. But the design, and lack of a deck to put the art head into context, made me surpass this story. The designer placed the text on an image from space and and made the words decrescendo in size.

    While this art head made me shake my head, the centerpiece is mainly a jump to an A2 story, and the inside headline made me actually want to read the story. The inside headline “Space telescope uncovers ancient galaxy” told me more about the story that the entire front-page centerpiece because after seeing the cheesy headline, I refused to read the two paragraphs of text. But the actual headline proves that the story is interesting and news worthy. While it is very too the point and doesn’t leave much room for creativity, the language is good and the topic caught my interest.

  4. Kate Fennelly
    October 25, 2010 at 1:56 am

    “These experiements are red hot” – Omaha World-Herald 10/24
    The first reason this headline caught my eye was because ‘experiments’ is spelled wrong, which isn’t a good thing. But, I did think that the headline was creative. It made me wonder what the story was actually about. It led in to a story about Seth Davis, a high school senior who was showing a science experiment at a fair this weekend. Davis uses heat to blow up bubbles that burst into flames when popped.

    “Profiling for a seat” – NY Times 10/22
    The headline was attention-grabbing and fit the tone of the article well. It was interesting without being dramatic, which could have raised questions of insensitivity. It also gives enough information away to the reader to make it interesting. Racial profiling is a big issue everywhere, and usually has a negative connotation. But, combining it with the subway, something that is essential to most New Yorkers, made the headline eye-catching. The article was about guessing who will get off the subway where, judging by a rider’s clothing and ethnicity.

  5. Taylor Dahl
    October 25, 2010 at 11:23 am

    NU secondary burned, but not beaten-Omaha World-Herald, October 25, 2010.

    This article discussed Nebraska’s secondary unit playing not at their normal high level last Saturday. The article also shows a big picture of Prince Amukamara falling over an Oklahoma State wide receiver. The headline was very timely and it made me read it instantly.

    A larger Lincoln-Lincoln Journal Star-October 25,2010.

    This article talked about the city working on 30-year master plan that will guide future street construction, zoning and other decisions. I think that with the headline being “a larger lincoln” a lot of people would read this article. The article also shows 3 graphs, about where it will grow and such.

  6. Mallory Miller
    October 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

    “NU secondary burned, but not beaten”-Omaha.com
    At first I was a little confused by this headline because I looked at it in the popular tab, not on the sports page. But once I clicked on the headline and the picture and story came up it immediately made sense. I think this was a nice way to put what happened during the game on Saturday. The team took some hits, but came out with a win. The story talks about the game Saturday and what the Huskers need to do to avoid a game like that against Missouri this week.

    “Grass greener at Sarpy stadium”-Omaha.com
    This story talked about the progress that Sarpy County has made on their new stadium for the Omaha Royals and compared it to the progress that has been made at the new downtown stadium. Sarpy has their sod laid down and it is growing well while the downtown stadium still has a field of dirt. I thought this was a clever headline, but not too cutesy. Many people in Omaha are interested in the progress of the downtown stadium since Creighton is supposed to start playing there in April and the CWS comes to town in June.

  7. Jade Novotny
    October 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    “Lincoln Officer shoots loose pit bull” -Journal Star website Saturday October 23
    This story was about an officer who shot a pit bull after he noticed it was not in its owner’s car. He looked for the dog and then shot it when it charged at him. I think this is a good headline because it tells the reader what exactly the story is about. It also is very emotional because there are people on both sides of the issue on pit bulls.

    “Seward girl, 10, killed after horse trailer breaks loose” -Journal Star website Tuesday October 19
    This story was about a 10 year old girl was killed when a horse trailer collided with the car she was in. I think this headline tells the reader everything he or she needs to know about the story. It tells the reader who was killed and how old she was as well as how she was killed. I don’t think it would have been appropriate for the editor to write the headline in any other way.

  8. Kevin Shanahan
    October 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Magness happy to share human connection through music. -journalstar.com

    This story talked about blues artist Janiva Magness’ plans to play at the Zoo Bar this Wednesday. Although the reader may not know exactly what the story is about by just glancing at the headline, once you read into the story you realize that the headline ties in perfectly. The story details some of her experiences on the road and her personal connection to places like the Zoo Bar.

    NU secondary burned, but not beaten. -Omaha.com
    This article from the Omaha World Herald detailed the play of the secondary in last Saturday’s win against Oklahoma State. I thought that this headline worked due to the readership of the World Herald. Running a headline like this works because so many people are interested in Husker football in Nebraska. Beyond that, I thought that the headline was simply a perfect description for the play of the secondary. It was clearly not the secondary’s best game, but they got the job done.

  9. Brandon Jochum
    October 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “Man catches nurse turning off his life support” – ABCNews.com

    This headline caught my attention right away because of its seemingly diabolical nature. As it turns out, the nurse (allegedly) made a mistake when she turned off the patient’s life support and spent 20 minutes trying to revive him. I like the headline because it is concise and very intriguing, even though it is a bit morbid.

    “Italian mayor fines for miniskirts, cleavage” – ABCNews.com

    I think it’s pretty obvious why this headline is interesting. It makes a very attention grabbing statement in spectacular fashion, and leads the reader to an even more interesting article. The full list of offenses made illegal by the Italian mayor (literally a mayor of a small town in southern Italy), include the two mentioned in the headline as well as cursing, playing soccer in the public parks, sunbathing or men’s going bare-chested in public areas, and purchasing alcohol after 10 p.m.

  10. Jessica Sluyter
    October 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I decided to visit the Lincoln Journal Star and “Good Morning America’s” websites to find two well-written headlines. On the Lincoln Journal Star website, I immediately read the headline “Jury selection begins in 21-year-old’s murder trial.” I think this is a very good headline for a newspaper because it grabs the reader’s attention.

    I believe if I were writing a headline for a murder trial, I would have a hard time determining what is appropriate and tasteful, yet still catches the reader’s eye. The Lincoln Journal Star’s headline successfully does all of these things. I particularly like how the writer included the age of the alleged murderer. His young age made the story more interesting. Also, the headline tells the audience that they will learn how the jury is being selected, as well as other pertinent information regarding the trial. For instance, the article stated that the state is not seeking the death penalty.

    As for “Good Morning America’s” website, I liked the headline “What Are the Best and Worst Home Products?” We have discussed in class that using a question for a headline can be a good idea, or a bad idea. In this case, I feel this question does a good job of peaking the audience’s interest and explaining the content of the article. Most importantly, this headline is appealing to the wide-range of people. It is appealing to the general public because if you have ever gone shopping for typical household items, more than likely you will have an opinion on the many brands available to consumers. This headline appeals to the public’s desire to know what products will spread their dollar the farthest.

  11. Jarad Kinyoun
    October 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    The first article I read was from CNN. The headline for the story read “Obama can take endorsement and ‘shove it,” says Dem.” 10/25/10
    The headline is draws you in right away when anyone is quoted as saying the president can shove it. The article is about the Senate race in Rhode Island and Obama declining to endorse his support for Democratic candidate Frank Caprio. The headline and the lead did a great job drawing me into the story and getting me to read the entire article.

    The second article was from the NY Post. The headline was “Tiger Woods’ mistress discusses sex with golfer in new book.” I am not sure who would not be drawn in by this headline after the events that have taken place over the last year. The lead was really good as well “Everyone can curl up in bed with one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses now.” It is definitely an interesting article as well that I am sure well get the rumors about Tiger started again and maybe a few others.

  12. Alex Wunrow
    October 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “Girl, 8, runs from man who offers ride home” – Lincoln Journal-Star

    This headline seemed funny to me when I first read it. Most of that stems from their being no mention of any police report in the headline. After reading the article, you find that the only evidence there is, is the fact that some eight year old girl “reportedly” was offered a ride. And when they mentioned that a search for the car was on, they stated that no cars matching the description could be found. And this is all based off of what an eight year old child said.

    “City Council expected to vote on Experian purchase” Lincoln Journal-Star

    This is another headline found online of the Lincoln Journal-Star’s website. The only real problems that I have with it, is that “Experian” isn’t explained well in the headline. Unless you are familiar with the building that is being purchased by the city of Lincoln beforehand, then you will make little sense of what is happening in this article, solely based on the headline.

  13. Bob Al-Greene
    October 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Students lend a hammer, Daily Nebraskan, 10/25

    This story dealt with Freedom By Design, an organization which helps low-income or disabled people by building ramps, decks, etc. Knowing from personal experience how limited copy editors can be for space when writing headlines at the DN, I thought this headline did a good job of taking a traditional phrase “lending a hand” which is easily recognizable and changing it slightly to fit the story. All of this is done in only four words, which is even more impressive to me. When most of the headlines in a news section on a usual day are straightforward and honestly a bit boring, this stood above the rest.

    Obama’s Playbook After Nov. 2, New York Times, 10/25

    The way this short and sweet headline is presented is its biggest appeal. There’s no action verb at all, which is normally a no-no, but there is no doubt from reading it what the story will be about. The direct approach makes for a kind of “quick-hit” feeling, to the point where one would expect bullet points in what is otherwise a fairly anecdotal story about President Obama’s interactions with congressional leaders.

  14. Kyle Bruggeman
    October 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Tough as Nails, but Always Ready for a Bearhug – NYTimes.com

    A human interest story, thus a catchy title is really needed to pull in the reader. The story is bad and the lede is lacking but “Tough as Nails” is great.

    Cuomo Vows Offensive Against Labor Unions – NYTimes.com

    I like the term “Offensive” as the term usually refers to military tactics. Much better than “Cuomo vows to fight against labor unions.” And the article is timely for the election.

  15. Anna Reed
    October 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    “Keeping watch over L.A.’s underworld” -Los Angeles Daily News, 10/25/10

    I like this headline because it is odd. The word “underworld” adds mystery to the story. It caught my attention, however, I did have to read part of the story to understand what it was about. It wasn’t all that clear.

    “Hopefull or hopeless, they run” -Los Angeles Daily Times, 10/25/10

    I like this headline because of the repeating words. It creates a pattern. But overall I do not like it because I was not sure what the story was about. I didn’t know if it was about a charity marathon or the upcoming election. And who are “they?” It is unclear in that sense too.

    The Los Angeles Daily News needs to focus on the clarity of its headlines.

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