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ACES announces 2015 Headline Contest winners

March 31, 2016 By ACES Staff Contests and Awards

The American Copy Editors Society recognized the winners of the 2015 National Headline Contest at the awards banquet during ACES 20th annual conference in Portland, Ore. The organization’s premier headline contest aims to reward exceptional headline writing in all types of mediums from newspaper to social media.

For the first time, the winners were announced with the presentation of a commemorative booklet to members in attendance at the banquet.

The 48-page, full-color booklet features the headlines from every portfolio placing first, second or third in the contest. Distribution of the booklet at the conference was sponsored by The Associated Press Stylebook.

“In the past, we’ve just featured the winning headlines in a slideshow during the awards presentation,” said Nick Jungman, ACES executive committee member and contest chair. “With the booklet, we hope people will take the opportunity to study the winning headlines and understand what makes them great. We also hope the booklet will be a resource for aspiring headlines writers everywhere.”

The booklet will be available for sale on ACES’ website following the conference. The cost is $10 per copy, plus postage.

Individual winners in professional categories won between $75 and $300 and winners in student categories won between $50 and $125. The complete list of winners and a sampling of headlines from first-place portfolios are below.

2015 HEADLINE CONTEST WINNERS

STAFF AWARDS

Newspapers, circulation 200,001 and larger

 Newspapers, circulation 100,001-200,000

Newspapers, circulation 100,000 and smaller

 Non-newspaper publications

 Online publications

 Student publications

 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

 Newspapers, circulation 200,001 and larger

 Newspapers, circulation 100,001-200,000

 Newspapers, circulation 100,000 and smaller

 Non-newspaper publications

 Online publications

Student publications

A SAMPLING OF SOME OF THE HEADLINES FROM FIRST-PLACE PORTFOLIOS

 They feed their lust,

then bite the dust

 It’s afterlife instead of afterglow for males of rare marsupial species

— Frank Smith, The Dallas Morning News

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Egg prices soar as disease ravages hen population

Get ready

to shell

out more

— Marianne Tamburro, New Jersey Advance Media (The Star-Ledger)

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 Hello? They’re

 finding a calling

 in the Philippines

 Young workers take better-paying jobs at call centers used by American companies

— David Bowman, Los Angeles Times

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Strip club owner dresses down County Board

— Rich Mills, Omaha World-Herald

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WHERE THE GUN DON’T SHINE

Arrested man’s attempt to smuggle weapon into jail cell nipped in the butt

— Doug Darroch, Philadelphia Daily News

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This Is Not A Parody: An NPR Story About Homemade Vegetable Broth

— Nicole Cohen, NPR

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Contacts:

Nick Jungman, ACES Contest Coordinator, phone number, nickjungman@copydesk.org

Teresa Schmedding, ACES National President, 847.427.4574, tschmedding@copydesk.org

Janine Wampler, ACES Communications Coordinator, 317.920.4785, communications@copydesk.org

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