How to write a headline about terrorism like a professional

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Special guidelines have to be applied if you want to write a headline about terrorism like a professional. Mainstream media have their own rules when it comes to reporting on terrorism. If you want a job in journalism these days you must be able to follow these guidelines.  Today’s post is a guide on how to  take the facts and turn them into a headline.

All the current headlines for today’s Munich shooting fit the guidelines:

Shooting rampage in Munich mall kills eight

Munich shooting: Eight killed in shopping centre attack

Live: Six people dead in Munich mall shooting, manhunt underway

Deaths Reported in Active Shooter Attack on Munich Mall

Munich shopping centre shooting leaves several dead and injured …

Munich shooting: Second attack at Marienplatz Metro station

One dead in Munich shopping centre shooting: German police

‘Three Shooters’ In Deadly Munich Mall Attack

-google news headlines

STEP ONE:  Do not mention the religion of the terrorists.

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STEP TWO:  If the terrorist attack happened in Israel, do not use the word terror or terrorism

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STEP THREE: If the terrorism happened in Israel, make the headline as ambiguous as possible to make it appear that the Palestinian terrorists are the victims and those defending themselves ( the Israelis ) are the killers.


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STEP FOUR: Link the weapon to the attack not the terrorist.The attack was caused by the truck, gun, sword,knife, bomb etc




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