The American Copy Editors Society just announced winners in its national headline contest. I like the judges’ commentary as much as the headlines:
Judges’ comments: Bowman’s use of puns generally plays well here, giving the story’s gist without feeling too forced. His headlines showed finesse and humor on a wide range of topics. He was able to masterfully work wordplay into tight counts without sacrificing clarity.
Judges’ comments: The headlines here offer engaging word play that goes beyond the obvious and still communicates the news of each story. “Awaiting Game” especially is a sophisticated, clever headline, as were “No Garbage, Just Thrash” and “Suspension ≠ Vacation.” The writer did a great job of giving enough to pique the reader’s interest without giving away the whole story.