Sunday, January 02, 2005

We need conflict resolution

Choire Sicha looks at conflicting headlines from Dec. 31.
Relief pours in (Miami Herald)
Tsunami aid trickles in (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Relief effort expands (Dallas Morning News)
Relief arrives slowly (Anchorage Daily News)
U.S. steps up tsunami relief (Orlando Sentinel)
Red tape ties up tsunami aid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Aid arriving (Northern Virginia Daily)
Delays hinder relief (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
All of these headlines are probably backed up by their stories somehow. But it goes to show how, when writing a headline, you should really step back and look at the big picture.

What's the bigger deal, that the aid is starting to come in? Or that most of it is being held up?

This is especially important in these stories of progression, in which the news of the day might not be so different from the news of the last few days.


At 11:46 PM, January 02, 2005, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

Our friends on the other side of Tampa Bay decided on “lurches” to describe what the aid was doing in their lede hed on Page One. Next day’s was: “Relief agencies exert a desperate scramble.”

At 2:53 AM, January 09, 2005, Blogger Paul said...

Two weeks down the track on this and it's getting tougher by the day. It's worse in this part of the world, one imagines, because this is our neck of the woods, as it were. I'm getting compasion fatigue.


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