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

Question for the week
Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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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