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$3 million lottery winnings just chicken feed to farmer

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Posted: August 24, 2014, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

No, and I don't think it was meant that way.  I used to write headlines and it was an attempt at being "cutesy", but it also tied in that he's a chicken farmer and a Christian and the article states that the win will give him peace of mind and the ability to keep doing what he loves.

Besides all that, chicken feed ain't "chicken feed" these days - it's not nearly as cheap as it once was.  That's the thing I found misleading about the headline.

i understand your point mike !but you see it like that cos you know the innerworkings ,for most ppl they assume and click on the news based on the pshycolgical impact it makes in their mind...so saying oh you know i won  3 million bucks ..but is just chicken feed for me...is the opposite of what this money means for this person  and what   hard path he had until he was blessed with this win.

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    Posted: August 24, 2014, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

    Headline writing is nearly a lost art.  A good headline should catch the eye and generate interest;  it's the very first impression a prospective reader gets of the article...or in here, the subject of the post.  (this wasn't Todd's headline - it was the one on the article cited from the Detroit Free Press.  USA Today used the exact same one)  You want to write a headline that will pique someone's curiosity, but not so much that it tells too much of the story...you want the readers to read the piece, not skip over it. 

    Headline writing is more complicated in print media than it is writing an article for the 'net.  Writing a headline for a newspaper means trying to cram the best headline into the space allotted, with a minimum number of letters for it to look good and a hard cap on the maximum (to fit the column and keep the headline to a single line).  Letters have different counts:  lower case letters count as one except for "skinny" letters such as f l i t j, which count 1/2.   The small case m & w count as 1 1/2.  All upper-case letters count as 1 1/2 except the "I" which was 1/2 and M & W count as two.  Numbers count one, except for "1", which counts 1/2. (that was always my favorite rule, always sounded funny to me.) Each space and punctuation mark counts as 1/2 except for ? and ! which counted one.

    It used to be considered so important that newspapers and magazines had a person who specialized in it and sometimes did nothing but headlines. (Today a computer can do the calculations)   I majored in journalism when I went to college, but I didn't finish. (prob. b/c I actually majored in pot and minored in pinball)  I used to compete in Headline Writing when I was in h.s. and went to state two yrs. in a row, winning 2nd and 3rd.  I also used to help out my hometown newspaper when I lived down there and the owner/publisher loved my headlines. I was always a fan of using alliteration when I could, such as:

    Minnesota Millionaire Mom Masters Mega Millions!

    Catchy, and the title tells the story - the place and person (and most people love moms!) and pulls people in with the assumption that she knows the secret to winning the lottery.   I think people would read the article.

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      Posted: August 24, 2014, 10:18 pm - IP Logged

      Headline writing is nearly a lost art.  A good headline should catch the eye and generate interest;  it's the very first impression a prospective reader gets of the article...or in here, the subject of the post.  (this wasn't Todd's headline - it was the one on the article cited from the Detroit Free Press.  USA Today used the exact same one)  You want to write a headline that will pique someone's curiosity, but not so much that it tells too much of the story...you want the readers to read the piece, not skip over it. 

      Headline writing is more complicated in print media than it is writing an article for the 'net.  Writing a headline for a newspaper means trying to cram the best headline into the space allotted, with a minimum number of letters for it to look good and a hard cap on the maximum (to fit the column and keep the headline to a single line).  Letters have different counts:  lower case letters count as one except for "skinny" letters such as f l i t j, which count 1/2.   The small case m & w count as 1 1/2.  All upper-case letters count as 1 1/2 except the "I" which was 1/2 and M & W count as two.  Numbers count one, except for "1", which counts 1/2. (that was always my favorite rule, always sounded funny to me.) Each space and punctuation mark counts as 1/2 except for ? and ! which counted one.

      It used to be considered so important that newspapers and magazines had a person who specialized in it and sometimes did nothing but headlines. (Today a computer can do the calculations)   I majored in journalism when I went to college, but I didn't finish. (prob. b/c I actually majored in pot and minored in pinball)  I used to compete in Headline Writing when I was in h.s. and went to state two yrs. in a row, winning 2nd and 3rd.  I also used to help out my hometown newspaper when I lived down there and the owner/publisher loved my headlines. I was always a fan of using alliteration when I could, such as:

      Minnesota Millionaire Mom Masters Mega Millions!

      Catchy, and the title tells the story - the place and person (and most people love moms!) and pulls people in with the assumption that she knows the secret to winning the lottery.   I think people would read the article.

      Pretty interesting Mike.

      The headline did pique my interest, and as I read the article, I understood exactly what the headline was meant to do; tie in to the fact he's a chicken farmer and he loves it. I thought it was pretty good.

      I was in journalism in high school, and the sports editor. My teacher was a older lady who was tough, but probably the best teacher I ever had. I wanted to go to Ohio State and study journalism, but I knew I didn't have the grades or the money, so that never happened. Now as I see what has become of today's media, I know Miss Purcell would be rolling in her grave.

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        Posted: August 24, 2014, 10:53 pm - IP Logged

        My teacher was a older lady who was tough, but probably the best teacher I ever had.

        Mine too!  I wanted to wait a yr. before going off to college, wanted to roughneck and save some money and buy a nicer car, but my mom insisted.  I resented that and didn't try very hard.  I still got decent grades in most of the classes, but just didn't have my heart in it.  I later went back to school some years ago and got a technical degree. 

        I think we're about the same age and when I went off to college, I could see how progressive - politically speaking -  the field of journalism was becoming.  I wasn't political then and had the liberal mindset of most kids that age, but the obvious bias and slant didn't set well with me and I had some spats with the dept head.   I tried to get enthused about college, but simply couldn't.  I even tried to be a walk-on for the football team, but I didn't even make it past the first drill before I went on back to the locker room and changed back into street clothes.  I was pretty close to being the smallest guy out there and was by far the slowest.  <grin> I certainly couldn't see any future in being a human tackling dummy.


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          Posted: August 25, 2014, 10:52 am - IP Logged

          Man this dude is in shape!  Looks like he pumps iron or maybe its just from the hard work. 

          A million after taxes ain't what it used to be but it beats the alternative.  Congrats to both of them.  They seem to be the kind that will keep the money.

          Now.....if i can just convince him to eat raw nuts & seeds(no oil soaking) for protein instead of eggs we can keep his total cholesterol level under 100 so he can avoid heart disease & cancer to live past a 100 disease free to enjoy it all!

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            Posted: September 10, 2014, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

            I'm glad to see the guy was able to turn his life around for the better. Many drug users aren't able to.

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