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

On a day where we have woken to the death of 10 people to legitimate suicide bombers in Istanbul, the

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?


  1. Sue McGrath

    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. Barbara Easthope

    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. Vivienne Marjenberg

    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. Susan Conway

    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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