By: Linley Sanders
OK, journalists, time to confess. We’ve all written horrible headlines. Those cringe-worthy ones that are filled with the corniest puns or a string of nonsensical alliterations. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit I’ve had more than a few duds. And as soon as I realize how bad they are, I’m zapped of my productivity. I start Google searching alternative careers, convinced that I’m a horrible journalist because I simple can’t write headlines. As it turns out, I’m not alone in this struggle.
A new Tumblr blog, called Heds Will Roll, compiles rejected headlines as they’re submitted by editors. The concept, similar to Overheard in the Newsroom, is fairly brilliant. Created by Washington City Paper’s managing editor Jonathan Fischer, the blog creates a community and camaraderie over amusing journalistic fails—which most of us will face at some point in our careers.
Personally, I stumbled upon Heds Will Roll while brainstorming headlines for the upcoming issue of DrakeMag. It made me smile, much like Overheard in the Newsroom, because I realized that everyone (yes, everyone), experiences ridiculous journalistic moments—Especially in our fast-paced line of work.
Below are a few of my favorites. Pursue, and even submit your own here. My moral of the story: Don’t take yourself or your job too seriously. At the end of the day, heds will always roll.
What do you think? Do journalists take themselves too seriously sometimes? Is it OK to laugh at or publicize journalistic errors? Let me know your thoughts (and your favorite ‘heds’) in the comments below.