Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The grim task of the headline writer

It's likely that the editors who give newspaper photos headlines don't often stop to think about their job. Probably things move too quickly for introspection. But then, every once in a while, they must find themselves with the grim task of giving a hed to a shot of a bear frolicking. My guess is that, at those times, an editor will sit for a long time, thinking back over the many things he wanted to do but didn't, wanted to accomplish but couldn't. After a few minutes of that, he takes a deep breath, types in some variation on "Grin and Bear It," then puts his computer to sleep and goes looking for booze.

Today, I feel for that sad man (or woman) at the Star who had to do this (from today's front page):

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