Who writes headlines for wire stories?
Question: I am curious as to whether the editors sometimes revise wire submission headlines? Though my aging mind is hard-pressed to give you an example, there have been mornings when wire story headlines have been outrageously editorial. If too blatant, do review editors ever modify them? -- Terry Lamb, Sagle, Idaho
Answer: We write the headlines to all the content in our newspaper, even content provided by our wrie services and syndicates. Some services will offer suggested headlines or so-called "slug lines" that summarize a story. But on-the-page headlines are written by our copy editors as they piece the paper together at night in the same way you might piece together a jigsaw puzzle. If a headline is off the mark in some way, it's our responsibility. -- Steve Smith, editor