Contemporary essays, fiction, and opinion offered regularly by author Anne Brandt.

Question for the week
What part of speech is objections?
Rules of the Games
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Cindy L. , aspiring journalist, asks...
Are there standards for headlines?
Anne answers...
Absolutely. Headlines are those bold indicators of what is to be found in the reading of a particular article in a particular publication. They have a certain form, as anyone who studies newspapers recognizes. To be a headline, a verb must be present or implied. Otherwise, itís merely a title. USA Elects Bush is a headline; so is Bush Elected. But the words President George W. Bush are merely a title. There is no verb anywhere, and the words could be used to identify a photograph as well as indicate the content of an article.
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