Heds and Tales

When I was in journalism school, a "must-read" was the Columbia Journalism Review (established 1961). Sure it had articles of interest about the profession. Much better, though, was the last page, where they collect headline gaffes from real newspapers (or, as those in the biz call them, "heds"). Here are some of the best from over the years:

Deer Kill 130,000
(Minneapolis Tribune, Dec. 7, 1967)

Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder
(Detroit Free Press, Nov. 12, 1974)

Columnist Gets Urologist in Trouble With His Peers
(Lewiston, Idaho, Morning Tribune, March 17, 1975)

Pastor Aghast At First Lady Sex Position
(Alamogordo, N.M., Daily News, Aug. 13, 1975)

Prostitutes Appeal To Pope
(Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard, Dec. 18, 1975)

Caribbean Islands Drift To Left
(Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 26, 1976)

Dead Expected To Rise
(Macon, Ga., News, Aug. 11, 1976)

Drunk Gets Nine Months In Violin Case
(Lethbridge Herald, Oct. 30, 1976)

Police Kill Man With Ax
(Charlotte Observer, Nov. 27, 1976)

Albany Turns To Garbage
(New York Daily News, Oct. 3, 1977)

Farmer Bill Dies In House
(Atlanta Constitution, April 13, 1978)

Chester Morrill, 92, Was Fed Secretary
(Washington Post, April 21, 1978)

Crowds Rushing to See Pope Trample 6 to Death
(Journal Star, Peoria, Ill., July 9, 1980)

Despite Our Best Efforts, Black Employment Is Still Rising
(The Evening Times, West Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 3, 1980)

Fried Chicken Cooked in Microwave Wins Trip
(The Oregonian, July 8, 1981)

Police Brutality Postponed
(The Mishawaka, Ind., Enterprise, Oct. 1, 1981)

Reader Is Upset Over Dog Eating Filipinos
(The Wayne County Outlook, Monticello, Ky., Feb. 25, 1982)

British Left Waffles On Falklands
(Guardian, London, April 28, 1982)

Here's How You Can Lick Doberman's Leg Sores
(Reading Eagle, May 23, 1982)

Eye Drops Off Shelves
(Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Wash., Aug. 5, 1982)

Posted September 21, 2012

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