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.
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
Egg prices soar as disease ravages hen population
— Marianne Tamburro, New Jersey Advance Media (The Star-Ledger)
finding a calling
in the Philippines
Young workers take better-paying jobs at call centers used by American companies
— David Bowman, Los Angeles Times
Strip club owner dresses down County Board
— Rich Mills, Omaha World-Herald
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
This Is Not A Parody: An NPR Story About Homemade Vegetable Broth
— Nicole Cohen, NPR
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