How can I write an engaging headline and lead for an editorial?I am required to write an editorial based on the question "does the media determine our reality?". We have to use examples such as The...

How can I write an engaging headline and lead for an editorial?

I am required to write an editorial based on the question "does the media determine our reality?". We have to use examples such as The Truman Show, The Matrix, The Merchants of Cool etc to support that the media does influence our perceptions of reality. Im struggling to write a catch headline and by line and would really appreciate any help!!!!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You might take your cue for the headline from one of those movies. For example, you might say: Is there anything real about your reality? or something like that. The lead could be connected to the headline, leading the reader toward the topic. For example: how do you know your world is not virtual reality or a movie set?
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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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What about writing something in the headline like this:  News vs. Virtual Reality.  Your lead can include a quote from one of Dean Koontz's novels in which a character contends that perception is reality.  Then, the editorial can make the point that the news media alters the perception of its audience by manipulating statistics, by the use of certain angles of photography, etc. thus virtually "creating" a reality for the audience.

Another idea:  It has long been the practice in history of the conquerors' controlling the media.  Whenever Napoleon conquered a country, the first thing that he had done was a take-over of the newspapers so that he could control the slant of all the news from then on. [propaganda]

If you will pick up several news magazines and newspapers and compare viewpoints in "news" articles and that are on the front pages of newspapers where objective reporting is supposed to take place, you will soon detect differences.  Good luck!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To some degree, writing the headline is an impossible task until the editorial is written.  A headline should be a reflection--or magnification--of what the reader is about to experience in the written work.  Given that, you'll be watching for key words in your article which can be played with, turned around, or spun a bit in order to tease and tempt your readers.  Based on your required theme, media and reality seem to be the words to focus on; however, your own written words could provide just as much or more possibility.  The header also depends on your position--what role does the media play in determining our reality?  Think of the examples you're using and see what comes of those, as well.  I would avoid the common cliches, such as "fact or fiction?" and strive for something more intriguing.  I know you'd rather I gave you some specific ideas, but until you have your position and some examples we don't really have much with which to work.

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