Lure the reader away from the pictures long enough to enjoy the story.
Write in present tense
Having to sneak on campus with rollers and leotards on kept Hi-Steppers humble
Sneaking on campus wearing rollers, leotards keeps Hi-Steppers humble
Eliminate articles: a, an and the.
The approved skip day is a treat for the seniors
Sanctioned skip day is senior treat
Don’t split verbs at the end of a line.
Violin soloist goes for first place prize
Violinist wins top solo prize
Don’t end a line with a preposition.
Exhibit features art by students and faculty
Exhibit features student, faculty art
Don’t split names at the end of a line.
George Smith, Jan
Jones win debate finals
Smith, Jones team
takes debate finals
Choose sparkling verbs.
FFA stock show, rodeo draws large audience
FFA stock show, rodeo wrangles-up a crowd
Don’t write labels for the spread. Each headline should include a noun, verb and direct object.
Aqua-mania swamps team;
Swimmers bring home medals
If you use a direct quote in a headline, always punctuate it with single quotation marks.
Used in headlines to save space since it’s thinner than the double quote mark.
The comma, semi-colon and colon are the only other punctuation marks regularly used in headlines.
The comma replaces “and” in a series.
New dress code sports
shorts, sundresses, tanks
When a headline offers a separate thought, requiring a second sentence, use a semi-colon.
Never use a period in a headline.
Rush for prom frock;
worry about date later
Use a colon to set off a list.
one sense of humor
An exclamation point is used only when absolutely necessary
Place the headline adjacent to the body copy (either on top or to the left)
Need for visual coordination is required.
Should fit within the column structure of the layout.
Common point sizes (18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54 and 60.
Caps and lower case: commonly used in magazines and newspapers.
Tennis Doubles Show
Order on the Court
Sentence Style: known as downstyle, set like a sentence with no period.
Tennis doubles show order on the court
All caps: Set all capital letters.
TENNIS DOUBLES SHOW
ORDER ON THE COURT
All lowercase: Set all lowercase
tennis doubles show
order on the court
Primary: larger and carries the story’s main message.
Secondary: smaller type and expands on the information in the primary headline.
Kicker: a secondary headline providing additional information. Always placed above the primary.
Hammer: a short primary, set in a large type size and placed above the secondary.
Tripod: combination of primary and secondary where building blocks support each other both visually and logically. Secondary usually placed to the left of the primary to form the tripod unit.
Wicket: has a three-decked secondary headline reading into the primary headline. Good place to use a quote.
Extended headline: also used as a secondary headline that reads into the primary. Without the limit of three decks.
Spread headline: has an unusually large amount of space between each letter. Short headlines. Each letter spread an equal distance.
Screened letters: effective when you design with large type. Larger than 60 points to reduce overpowering.
Artwork: when used subtly, makes a difference in an otherwise average layout.
Internal heads: are used within a large block of copy to break up the grey area. Briefly explain the paragraphs they precede.
Jump head: if a story runs too long for a page and continues onto another, a jump head signals the beginning of the continuation. Either a word from the original headline or a condensed version of the headline expressing the same meaning.