Front Page Friday: Washington Examiner

It is that time of the week again. It is time to look at my favorite newspaper front page of the week.

As always, I culled through the front pages shown at Newseum.org and picked my favorite.

So here it is:

Washington Examiner

The Washington Examiner from March 19, 2010, via newseum.org.

This week, I chose the Washington Examiner, but not because it had a cool design. Instead, I was totally pulled in my the headline of the centerpiece package.

In big, bold lettering, “Death by iPod” jumped out at me. It made me want to read the story, especially since the accompanying picture shows a jogger listening to his device while he seems to jog near or in traffic.

I would read this story.

The rest of the page isn’t that exciting. It’s got the necessary NCAA Tournament coverage teaser at the top, right next to a teaser of a story about a movie I would like to see but want to read the book first; however, there is nothing else that overly impresses me. Sure, it is a tabloid-sized paper and I think it uses its space well on the front, but it if wasn’t for that headline, I wouldn’t have looked at this page.

That goes to show, headlines are very important. Sometimes people seem to forget that.

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Todd R. Vogts, MJE, is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, among others. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.