Story Photo: News Headline

Picture A

The Headline

One of the things I’ve always admired about news reports is how they manage to write headlines. Good headline writers learn to be “short and sweet” with their words. I appreciate this skill, as I’m not always good at this!

Headlines are used to attract readers to a story. Good headlines usually stick with the present tense, use active verbs, and convey what the story is about in as few words as possible.

The Challenge

For today’s challenge, pick one of these pictures and write a headline for a pretend news story about the picture. You can use Picture A, which is the header picture, or the following Picture B:

Be sure you indicate in the comment box which picture you picked, unless your headline makes this very clear:~)

The Special Challenge

The first challenge asks you to write a regular headline, but what about writing a bad headline intentionally? We’ve all come across headlines that have made us giggle because of their unintended and often funny use of words. Here are some examples of such headlines, which I found at this site, Bad Newspaper Headlines.

  • Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
  • Two Soviet Ships Collide, One Dies
  • Steals Clock, Faces Time
  • Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
  • Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Your special challenge today is to write a bad headline for one of these pictures. For the purpose of this post, a bad headline uses the words in such a way as to make the headline funny. Be sure to indicate which picture you used for your “bad” headline.

NOTE: As this a PG rated site, write your headlines accordingly:~)

Quickie Challenges

Of the list of bad headlines I gave you, or from the site I’ve linked to, which is your funniest BAD headline?

What’s your favorite source for news — TV, paper, online or all three?

How do you feel about being able to get news 24/7?

Story Photo Rules

I want to remind you that you can choose to do as many the challenges as you want, meaning you can do all, one, or none of the challenges. It’s up to you!

While I love it when people participate in the challenges, I also understand that sometimes you’re busy and don’t have time for the challenge this week. That’s fine, feel free to stop by and see what others have done or just say hello:~)

Have fun, be creative and enjoy:~)