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Off-topic, but...

Journalists love a good headline. I think you do too, but I'm not sure most people realize how incredibly hard it is to come up with a good one. (It is even more difficult in the age of Google, where a boring headline that says more actually works much better for those Web spiders.)

Anyway, when the Eliot Spitzer story broke yesterday, you just knew there were going to be some... interesting headlines. (They also provide an insight into how a publication views itself.)

The NYT, which broke the story, did the NYT thing: Report the facts. Their headline: Spitzer is linked to a sex ring as client

The WP has a similar kind of headline: Spitzer linked to prostitution ring by wiretap

The WSJ: Spitzer engulfed in sex scandal

But the NYPost: Ho No!

The other NY tab, the New York Daily News: Pay for luv gov

My favorite, however, comes from Slate.com's Today's Papers, which goes with "Eliot's mess."

Newseum... The day's news

After the fire at my house, my new home is a block from DC's soon-to-open Newseum, which posts scores of the front pages of publications each and every day. It's amazing... and fun. I'm going to take a walk down there this morning and check it out and I'll let you know if there is anything better.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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