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The paper examines headlines from Associated Press (AP) news and compares them with headlines from the news magazine "Time." The paper highlights the differences between the AP and "Time" headlines and shows how each news organization writes headlines for its intended audience. The paper discusses how headlines may seem like a very small part of a news article or story, but they are the primary way a reader decides whether to read an article or not. The paper concludes that headlines, therefore, are one of the most important parts of any news story.
From the Paper:"The first headline comes from Time magazine, and is the headline for a book review regarding a biography of a man named James Holman. The headline reads "Have Cane, Will Travel." Immediately, it draws the reader into the article, posing questions the reader wants answered. 'Why does the person carry a cane, and where do they travel?' might be two of the first questions that pop into the reader's mind. The lead paragraph literally 'leads' the reader on, introducing the book and the person it chronicles, but still not answering the questions the headline generates. It is not until the end of the second paragraph that the reader learns the 'rest of the story' - that Homan was blind, and traveled the world in the 19th century, when travel was much more difficult, especially for a blind man."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Author not Available. (2006). Former 'Idol' contestant nixes fuel gig. Retrieved from the iWon.com Web site: http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20060603/D8I11L080.html 6 June 2006.
- Bell, A. (1991). The language of news media (chap 9)
- Grossman, L. (2006). Have cane, will travel. Retrieved from the Time magazine Web site: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1200785,00.html 6 June 2006.
- O'Donnell and Todd. (1991). Variety in contemporary English (chap 4)
- Salaheddin, S. (2006). Iraq PM promises to press curbs on violence. Retrieved from the iWon.com Web site: http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20060606/D8I2P8EO0.html?PG=home&SEC=news 6 June 2006.
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