Thursday, March 30, 2006

Not exactly what was meant

Headlines can be the easiest thing to criticize but the hardest thing to actually do. Non-journalists don't always believe that, but just try to capsulize a major, complex story in three to five (maybe seven) words. Ask our Reader Panel, which a few months ago tried its hand at writing headlines.

A friend send along this image, apparently from the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., from a couple of years ago. It's a fine newspaper. However, this was not its finest moment. The point the headline writer intended to make -- that the death toll is unchanged? -- was not apparent here.

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