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Sep 8th, 2012 04:39 PM
Whitehead's Boy
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

Got the attention of Wertheim, good job Bradshaw#1. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ten...des/index.html

No wonder why real journalists are pissed off when there is no longer any difference between a real article and a blog entry or tennisforum thread. What's next: "GOAT SEWTA Vulture Agatha back in Poland already!!1"?
Aug 30th, 2012 11:32 PM
fantic
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

Are British journalist harsh like that to British players like Murray?
Aug 30th, 2012 11:20 PM
Purple_Rain
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by edificio View Post
I don't agree. They are meant to get you to read the article, not to recoil at the cruelty of the headline writer, unless perhaps you are writing for a Murdoch rag.

In any case, I don't see how a mature adult can condone cruelly mocking the players in match report articles on the U.S. Open's own Web site. The headline was juvenile, much like Tennis Forum.
1. It's not mocking. It's concise, catchy writing. McHale + failed performance = McFail.
2. What does it matter that the U.S. Open's own website reported it? Do you want news to be objective or pro-American?
Aug 30th, 2012 11:16 PM
edificio
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish. A writer can't just publish whatever they want unchecked, especially for something like the US Open tournament site.

Besides, sports headlines are supposed to be funny/kinda tacky. Seems like he's been doing this with other articles too:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/mat...relatedcontent
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/mat...relatedcontent
I don't agree. They are meant to get you to read the article, not to recoil at the cruelty of the headline writer, unless perhaps you are writing for a Murdoch rag.

In any case, I don't see how a mature adult can condone cruelly mocking the players in match report articles on the U.S. Open's own Web site. The headline was juvenile, much like Tennis Forum.
Aug 30th, 2012 11:12 PM
Purple_Rain
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
If you are the actual writer, keep it up. In addition to generating hits, headline writing is about being clever, concise and accurate, and you accomplished all three. Better yet, you did it on the tournament's official site, which I would expect to try to spin the story in the American's favor. But I guess that's what people want.
Aug 30th, 2012 06:11 PM
TIEFSEE
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
didn't you just throw objectivity out the window by using the nickname McFail on the official website?
Aug 30th, 2012 06:05 PM
danieln1
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

Another gem from CoryAnn:
http://www.usopen.org/mobile/hi/en_U...344661406.html
Plenty of Ajdes, winners.from.Ivanovic

The moment I saw the headline I knew it.would be him

Keep up the good work, well written articles and much more fun than the usual x trashes y to advance
Aug 30th, 2012 03:28 PM
iketeru
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
McFarton Fuckerman,

there is a difference between the Kerber headline (quite clever) and the McFail one (plain disrespectful).
Aug 30th, 2012 02:57 PM
Julian.
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

They changed the title back to normal
Aug 30th, 2012 02:48 PM
BlueTrees
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
Riiiiiiight. I'd really like to see how you'd feel about people making fun of your name and posting it as an article on an official Grand Slam website when they probably already feel crap enough after losing.

I suppose you also think it'd be appropriate to have some sort of headlines like "Sharapova Exterminates Ratwanska" or "Parmentier Ousts Evil Witchmayer"?
Aug 30th, 2012 02:43 PM
Raiden
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1 View Post
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish.
Well evidently you bosses are cut from the same cloth as you are, CoryAnnAvants number one, a.k.a. McCarton Ackerman

As to the subject matter, of course there is no real prior editorial vetting at USOpen dot org. You are obviously in what can be called a "self regulating" environment, meaning the USTA regards it's web activity as merely an info sign / help activity, and not real journalism (like the way a newspaper or a journal is obliged to regard by law). I don't think the USTA wants to spend a cent on a "USO.org editorial board" where things are submitted for approval prior to publication. A system whereby articles are retroactively reedited in case of complaints, will do the job cheaply
Aug 30th, 2012 02:42 PM
Raiden
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by tennisbuddy12 View Post
McCarton's a poster on here who has an amazing opportunity at the USO.
Yes, he himself was of course the first poster to mention it here on TF, ahead of this thread, thank you very much

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I won't say his username though, he would've admitted it by now.
Tut tut - yer a bit late on your alibi delivery (he has already admitted that - 5 times no less
Aug 30th, 2012 02:36 PM
tennisfan146 It's really rude to do something like that in my opinion.
Aug 30th, 2012 02:35 PM
RiskeFan1
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

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Originally Posted by laurie View Post
I saw the Stosur headline yesterday, at first I was slightly baffled.

It gives me an impression of trying too hard to be cool and hip. Don't expect to see that kind of headline on an official site like the US Open.
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
Aug 30th, 2012 02:08 PM
chingching
Re: Bombshell: US Open dubs Christina McFail!

So American...
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