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August 31, 2012, 12:32 AM
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Just one more piece of off-topic trivia.  I`m just not feeling very serious today.

I never went to journo school, but I know people who did, and they tell me that news-reporting-wise, there`s a right way and a wrong way.

I can`t believe this is the right way.  The online version of the London Daily Mail is currently running this headline: Woman in her 20s killed after being crushed by falling window frame in high winds while walking down London street eating a banana.

I`m sorry for the unfortunate lady, of course, but I don`t see the relevance of the banana.  If she`d been walking down the street texting, or fiddling with her pocketbook, or picking her nose, would that have been headline-worthy?

If I`m missing some point here, would a journo-school graduate please enlighten me?

UPDATE: The Daily Mail has thought better of their headline—the banana survives in the URL and page title. (The line at the very top of the screen.)The Daily Mail has thought better of their headline