Some good news for journalists at News International’s doomed free London daily thelondonpaper – which is set to close later this month.
The craft on display on the subbing team has been recognised by the judges of Press Gazette’s revived headline of the month competition. And a bottle of Jura single malt whisky is on its way to them courtesy of our sponsors – and to Francis Harvey, who nominated them.
The final shortlist included:
SHE DOES MORE HARMAN GOOD, the Daily Mirror – on deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman’s short stint in charge of the country this summer.
LONG ARM OF THE DRAW, The Sun – for the story which revealed how a retired art teacher ensured her mugger was tracked down by police after she drew a portrait of him.
WE KICKED THEIR ASHES, The Sun – on England’s cricket victory over Australia.
Thelondonpaper’s subs won out, with extra marks for performance in the face of adversity, for:
WEISZ AFTER THE EVENT, after actress Rachael Weisz won rave reviews for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse.
The deadline for entries to headline of the month is 22 September.
The sub who writes the winning headline, and the person who nominates them, will both receive a bottle of single malt whisky. The winners also go into the headline of the year draw, with the winner receiving an exclusive holiday on the Isle of Jura.