Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diagramming party to action stations

How many meanings can you extract from this hed?

Nobody likes to draw the story with the minefield hed. If you do, go back and get enough space (this isn't the longest hed on the page, by the way) to create as little snickering and head-scratching as possible. I'd try to hold out for something like "Ex-mayor kills self after shooting wife's companion," but the solutions in these cases are usually bad and less-bad, not good and better.

4 Comments:

Blogger John Cowan said...

Ex-mayor kills wife's lover, self.

11:04 PM, June 19, 2010  
Blogger fev said...

Eh, not quite -- other guy was alive as of the story's posting.

11:35 PM, June 19, 2010  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

"Ex-mayor shoots wife's lover, self" then.

Ex-mayor shoots wife's lover, kills self

Ex-mayor kills himself; tried to kill wife's lover

9:37 AM, June 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She says he's not her lover ... no good way to write that hed, just less offensive ways.

1:18 PM, June 23, 2010  

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