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Today's Fun With Headlines

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

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  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    The Times-Picayune is too big a paper for that to happen. Ouch. Who got chewed out more, the copy editor or the SE? I know Moddy didn't mention the paper, but it's on the front page of Gawker.
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  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    To be fair, that does sound like a Rex Ryan quote.
  4. ChrisRcc

    ChrisRcc Member

    Sounds like Bill Belichick during his press conferences.
  5. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I think Jumphead should be capitalized since it is the last name of that 5-7 Patriots running back who was cut by the Jets in training camp.
  6. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

  7. checkswinger

    checkswinger Member

    Before I got to the shop I'm at now, apparently a headline like this was written (names changed to protect the innocent): "Wildcat Tracks are written as if coach Smith lost this game." That was the note the writer had put at the top of his story, and the desk guy just went with it as a headline. Not quite the same as this error, but still funny (cos it didn't happen to me).
  8. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    Why is this so damn hard to bang into the heads of straight-outta-college kids?

    If I know something has to be, let's say 42 pt., and I need to measure other things out on the page, I use "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXy" with the "y" only to measure for the descender. And if that don't jump off the page at you, nothing will.

    Words, no matter how silly or meaningless, are going to blend when you're screwed and 90 seconds from dropping your last page. XXXXXXXXXXX doesn't blend.
  9. ifilus

    ifilus Active Member

  10. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I must have looked at that two dozen times before I noticed it. I suck at copy-editing.
  11. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    I was almost equally offended by the size of those bullets (boxes). You could put a damn mug shot inside there.

    But yeah, I get it.

    InDesign has a feature that you can turn on and off that underlines in red when a word is misspelled. The name of major cities is included.

    Some snot-nosed straight-outta-college brat that I hired turned that feature off. He said it annoyed him.

    I told him that was fine, but if anything was every misspelled in a headline, he would be fired no questions asked. He didn't last long.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Interesting thing, the drop-hed of "NFL's Oldest Rivalry" may technically not be correct.

    On Nov. 28, 1920, the Chicago Cardinals (who are today's Arizona Cardinals) beat the Decatur Staleys (today's Bears), 7-6, at Normal Park in Chicago in the American Professional Football Association, which is recognized as the NFL.

    The first Bears/Packers game was almost exactly one year later, on Nov. 27, 1921 (Bears beat Packers, 20-0).

    While the Bears and Packers are acknowledged as bitter rivals, you kinda can look at it as not the oldest.
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