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    Articles Missing in Journals

    I see that articles are always skipped in news articles' titles. Is it because there is a writing style suited for journalism that allows that (like apa style or chicago style for essay writing but for strictly journalism)?

    A link or two about that would be helpful in understanding.

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    Re: Articles Missing in Journals

    (Not a teacher)

    News story headlines are purposefully short and ambiguous, often because of space constraints. Their purpose is to catch your attention and make you want to read, and they are one of the few times in writing you will see 'bad' English as standard.

    I found this link, although I don't always find useful myself, it does describe headlines in a fair bit of detail.

    Newspaper Headlines - Explanation of Newspaper Headlines for English Learners

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    Re: Articles Missing in Journals

    The omission of articles in newspaper headlines began back in the days when newspaper type was set by hand and space was at a premium. The typsetter had a prescribed area of space in which to fit the headline using one letter tile at a time, a very tedious and time-consuming process. Eventually the linotype machine made it possible to create "slugs," or entire phrases/sentences out of metal type. But the space allowed for a headline was still limited, so the editors had to express the topic of the article in an attention-getting format with a minimal amount of words. Today computers allow the luxury of resizing text within seconds, so headlines aren't as abrupt and article-free as they once were.

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