25 Action Words for Writing a Newsworthy Headline

by Mario Lozano on Jan 10

in Press Release Writing

Use action words to craft a newsworthy headline. Seek words that communicate the news value of the story. The following is a list of 25 action words and 25 sample headlines from the pressrooms of Apple Computers, Yahoo!, Google, IBM and T-Mobile:

  1. Announces – Apple Announces iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition
  2. Launches – Google Inc. to Launch Transferable Stock Option Program for its Employees*
  3. Acquires – Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock*
  4. Introduces – Apple Introduces MacBook Pro
  5. Releases – Google Releases 2006 Google Earth Election Guide*
  6. Unveils – Apple Unveils Mac mini with Intel Core Duo
  7. Appoints – Yahoo! Appoints Jill Nash Chief Communications Officer
  8. Celebrates – Google Celebrates Geography Awareness Week with New Innovations for Google Earth*
  9. Enters (enters into agreement) – Fox Interactive Media Enters Into Landmark Agreement with Google Inc.*
  10. Opens – Yahoo! Search Marketing Platform Opens Online Sign-up for New Customers
  11. Ships – Apple Ships Final Cut Studio 5.1
  12. Signs – IBM Signs IT Services Agreement With Scotiabank Mexico
  13. Makes – Yahoo! Makes Strategic Investment in Right Media
  14. Participates – Google Code Jam 2006 Programmers Worldwide Invited to Participate in Google’s Fourth Annual Global Coding Competition*
  15. Showcases – Yahoo! Showcases Internet Time Capsule at the Site of One of the World’s Oldest Communities
  16. Joins – The University of Virginia Library Joins the Google Books Library Project
  17. Expands – Yahoo! Go for Mobile Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices; Expands Reach of Service to Millions of Windows Mobile Devices Globally
  18. Adds – Google Adds New Features to the Google Toolbar for Firefox
  19. Now – CBS’s CSI & Survivor Now Available on the iTunes Music Store
  20. Hosts – Seattle Hosts Top High-School Basketball Teams in First-Ever T-Mobile Invitational
  21. Closes – Google Closes Acquisition of YouTube*
  22. Issues – Google Inc. to Issue 5,300,000 Shares of Class A Common Stock*
  23. Presents – Google to Present at the Goldman Sachs Seventh Annual Internet Conference*
  24. Reports – Apple Reports First Quarter Results
  25. Partner(s) – Helio and Yahoo! Partner to Offer Mobile Access to Internet Services; Relationship Includes Comprehensive Integration of Yahoo!’s Properties Throughout Helio’s 3G Service
  26. 26 is a Bonus

  27. Tests – Google and Viacom’s MTV Networks to Test New Online Video Distribution Model*

Stop Words

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Use alternative action words for “New” and “Offers (to offer)” whenever possible.

Punctuation marks like periods, exclamation points and question marks are typically used in advertisements and articles. News headlines almost never include punctuation marks.

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