Let’s Talk: Newspaper headlines losing their jazz to poor taste 17



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On a day where we have woken to the death of 10 people to legitimate suicide bombers in Istanbul, the cover of the Telegraph has gone for sensation, with a sweeping cover story on the Bombers ban. They have labelled the Essendon Bombers as “Suicide Bombers” in a way that has left many shaking their heads. Have newspaper headlines become mere sensationalism much like the covers of some magazines, often non-reflective of the content inside? What happened to newspaper headlines?

The headline used to be a real artform, something to look forward to reading for its classy wit and clever use of words and tieback to the bold editorial position inside, but in recent months or even years the fight for the eyeball has us wondering whether newspapers are having to take things too far to get attention.

Today’s Daily Telegraph cover is just one example. Share your thoughts on where newspaper headlines have headed in your lifetime and on today’s Tele cover?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Ye Gods – has society sunk so low. They are football players for Heavens sake. Paid outrageous money to kick a ball around. Where is the logic, reason, sensibility, ethics in that headline. Telegraph hang your heads in shame.

  2. It’s a Murdoch paper, I would never expect good taste from one of those. I won’t even take them when they are given away free at the supermarket. Trash

  3. Absolutely tasteless, I cannot understand why a lot of newspapers have to be so sensational, I’m sure it really doesn’t sell more papers

  4. There were pages and pages dedicated to the essendon outcome and tucked way inside were thing reports about suicide bombing in Iraq and another mass murder somewhere else. Since when is sport more important than humanity.

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