Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Michael Jackson headlines

I don't think everyone got the Anne Bancroft memo on bad headline writing, so here's a roundup of some of today's gems on Michael Jackson.

The estate option:
Back to Neverland — San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer
Return to Neverland — Columbus Dispatch
Off to Neverland, a free man — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Something in the way he moves:
Moonwalk — The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla.
Dead man moonwalking — Philadelphia Daily News
He Moonwalks — Newsday
Michael moonwalks — McAllen (Texas) Monitor
How He Walked — Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard

Stop me if you've heard this one before:
Thriller: Jackson cleared — Kansas City Star
Thriller — Times Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio
Verdict a thriller for Jackson, fans — Houston Chronicle
Music to his ears — Press & Sun Bulletin of Binghamton, N.Y.
Who's bad? Not Jackson — Austin American-Statesman
Beat it — LA Daily News, Miami Herald, The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette (La.), Boston Herald
He beat it — Chicago Red Eye, Wooster (Ohio) Daily Record of Wooster, Northern Virginia Daily
Jackson verdict: He 'Beat It' — Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune
(See some of these covers side by side at Newsdesigner.com.)

Playing it straight, kinda:
Not guilty — Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Indianapolis Star, Topeka Capital-Journal, Louisville Courier-Journal, Shreveport (La.) Times, Boston Globe, Detroit News, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Albuquerque Journal, The Oklahoman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Not Guilty Times 10 — Tampa Tribune, Tacoma News Tribune
(And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had "Not guilty ..." nine times in an overline, with a big "Not guilty" as a hammer below, for a total of 10.)

Misery loves company:
Boy, oh boy! — NY Daily News
Boy, oh, boy! — NY Post
(See these covers side by side at Newsdesigner.com.)


At 4:12 PM, June 14, 2005, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

Not Guilty Times 10

I plead guilty times 1. Seemed like a decent compromise between a good headline and what upper managers consider a good headline. ... And I was holding out hope that no other paper would use it. Almost succeeded in that, apparently.

At 4:27 PM, June 14, 2005, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

Our friends across the Bay had this lede hed:

Mother key
to acquittal

I'm just sayin'.

At 5:21 PM, June 14, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Probably not the headline I'd have written on my own. But it sounds like it's probably not the headline you'd have written on your own, either.

Really, there's nothing to apologize for, considering the company.

At 9:46 PM, June 16, 2005, Blogger James said...

How about what The Onion used?

'Enchanted By Own Innocence, Michael Jackson Molests Self"


"Life At Neverland Ranch Returns To Ludicrous"

I'm just glad it's over, honestly. I'd almost rather read about Brad and Angelina than anything, ever, about Michael.

At 10:25 PM, June 16, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Almost? I'd read 28 stories about Brangelina before 1 about Michael Jackson. Maybe even 29.


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