The National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society has announced its headline contest winners and it is now clear who is destroying the media. Among the many talented, hard-working winners — and you know we love our copy editors! — we find a batch of puns so foul, so egregious, that it’s difficult to not feel pranked.
First place for individuals at newspapers with circulation under 80,001 goes to a staffer at the Wichita Eagle, whose winning entries include this… one.
Here’s one among the contributions for second place?
AT LEAST IT’S NOT A PUN.
For newspapers that were bigger than that but under 160,000, here’s a winner from the Providence Journal.
Does it get better in the 160,001 to 240,000 category??? Let’s ask the first-place winner, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette!
Huh. To be fair, a couple of them are pretty good.
Fun fact: the second-place winner in this category actually also had good work! Kudos, Matthew Craowley of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Okay and at the big boy papers? Andy Webster at the NY Times took third, and, well, sure! Deserved.
The Los Angeles Times took second…
… and first place as well. WHICH….
If you think these are pretty AW SHUCKS, then you should see the student and online category winners.