With every story, you'll need to write an engaging, accurate headline, but how can you make them strong enough to stand out in the sea of information online?
Check out this article from Vicki Krueger at Poynter, who lists nine simple tips that you can implement in your writing today.
Among other useful pieces of advice, she tells journalists to be as specific as possible, not tempted to produce anything that would waste their time by asking them to keep reading.
"Go beyond puns," she explains.
"Write headlines for your readers, not to show you’re clever. For wordplay to work, it needs to communicate the story’s point and tone, and it should work on both the literal and figurative levels."
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