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Headline Question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JD, May 30, 2008.

  1. JD

    JD Member

    I am just wondering if a possible headline I am writing may be a little to long. I am currently writing a piece for 49ersWebzone.com, for which I am a Staffer....the headline I have in mind is, "Niners can't afford to take Gore for granted". I like it, but I think it may be stretching it in terms of words. Thoughts on proper headlines?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    It's a Web site. I think you're fine.

    But "Niners can't take Gore for granted" cuts two words and has the same impact.
  3. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I'll agree with the earlier post, but I'm not quite sure what the story is about. Maybe some insight as to what the story is about would help.
  4. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Probably about taking Frank Gore for granted.

    Just a hunch.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    And by gum, don't do it.
  6. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Can someone kern that into a 1-42-4?
  7. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    And now the living room is on fire. Way to be.
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Yeah, maybe at 16p and -20.
  9. airdizzy43

    airdizzy43 New Member

    If the hed is for a Web site, where usually you aren't bound by point sizes and column widths, use as many words as you feel sells the story. Obviously don't go overboard and write 20-word heds, but your original hed seemed fine.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Thanks. That's really helpful.
    Do you have any pointers for cutlines when not confined by space?
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    That's bull, diz; just because you have all the space in the world doesn't mean you're still not trying to get the most impact in the fewest words. A hed drones on and on a lot faster than copy does.
  12. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Since it's a Web site, I would say Frank Gore and 49ers.
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