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[IP] Headlines

At small weekly and sometimes small daily community papers, reporters do
write headlines. But at all big-city papers, reporters usually don't even
know the headline on their stories until they see the paper.

Those who write headlines are called copy editors. Their goal is to accutely
summarize the gist of a story in a few words that fit the space they're
given by a page designer. Sometimes if the story warrants it they might try
to be clever. It is definitely one of the hardest jobs at the paper.


Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 15:31:27 -0500
From: jan hughey <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] headlines

> I don't think reporter's are often responsible for the headline that is
> attached to their stories. Can any journalists on the list fill us in on
> how headlines are arrived at?
> Liz

I believe the *headline writer* uses something that will catch readers'
Jan H

Susan Ager
Detroit Free Press
600 W. Fort
Detroit MI 48226
FAX 313.222.5397

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