Head-Turning Climate Change Headline
Headlines are a funny thing. In a way, they are the most important part of a story, because they frame and set the tone for the story before the reader has even laid eyes on the first paragraph.
So it's ironic that the person closest to the story -- the author -- often has the least to do with the headline. Sure, in some cases an author may suggest a headline and it may even be used verbatim. More typically, however, headlines are decided on by an editor and tweaked up to the very last minute, based not only on accurately portraying the story, but also on grabbing the reader's attention and fitting the space allotted.
It's with this in mind that the headline (and photograph) pictured above -- "Climate change makes island kids bony, stunted" -- caught my attention on a Monday visit to the front page of CNN.com. I don't know the specifics of who wrote or vetted the headline. But I bet it's likely to provoke a variety opinions from our readers on the media's role in framing discussion and understanding of climate change.
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