‘Sir! I have broken a leg, sir!’
When copyeditors at The Oregonian needed a headline for a piece on car seat safety, they wrote:
NO, YOU’RE NOT THERE YET
New pediatric guidelines call for the little ones to stay in their safety seats a lot longer
Searching for a good headline? Use a quote, colloquialism or sound bite. That’s what these winners of the American Copy Editors Society’s (ACES) National Headline Contest did. How can you model these masters?
Five … four … three … two … ‘one more time’ for NASA
With Atlantis liftoff, shuttle program is just days from end
— copyeditors at The Star-Ledger
This divorce just isn’t working out: Will you (re)marry me?
Brain chemistry and the simple passage of time can bring couples back together
— Rick Schindler, copyeditor at Today.com/MSNBC.com
Omaha chamber asks business to come, stay
Efforts to lure entrepreneurs from Illinois brought a do-it-yourself dog wash to Omaha.
— copyeditors at Omaha World-Herald
Honestly, who is Abe Lincoln?
Nationwide test reveals history to be American students’ worst subject
— copyeditors at The Dallas Morning News
Sir! I have broken a leg, sir!
At Marine boot camp, injuries once routinely disdained are now treated with a sports medicine approach.
— copyeditors at The Los Angeles Times
What colloquialisms could you use for your next feature headline?