John Bremner turned his students into disciples for copy editing. A copy editor, he preached, was the "guardian of his newspaper's character and reputation." Watch a video of Bremner in action, and download a copy of "HTK," his guide to writing headlines.
Want to write better heads? Key words and active verbs help, but the best tactic is to practice. Try your hand at stories published in papers across the country - and then get the inside story from the original editors on how they wrote their heads. To get the story on the "Sticks" head above, go to the last item on the Study Tools page.
When miners were trapped at the Sago mine in West Virginia, their families agonized during the rescue attempt, and reporters waited with them. When news broke very late one night that the miners had been found alive, reporters raced to file their stories in time for the morning edition. But the news was wrong: All but one miner were dead. This collection shows how more than 100 newspapers handled the late-breaking news and subsequent corrections.