Main centerpiece headlines

The Kansas City Star  (06.03.2014, 05.02.2014)
One of the things I liked best about the copy desk was the collaborative approach we took — if something needed to be finished on a story or design, anyone who was in a position to help jumped in and completed it. On these particular nights, I designed the front page, and when I was done, I joined the desk’s brainstorming effort and came up with the hammer headlines for the centerpiece.

I tried to think up two to four words that would tie together the photo and main storyline. “Heave-humph” was a play on the starting pitcher’s frustrated hurl of a ball into the stands.

“Show me the hug” incorporated Missouri’s state nickname (the “Show-Me State”) with the Royals’ victory against the in-state rival Cardinals.

Centerpiece hammer headline: 06.03.2014

Centerpiece hammer headline: 06.03.2014

Centerpiece hammer headline: 05.02.2014

Centerpiece hammer headline: 05.02.2014

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