Difference Between Heading and Headline

Key Difference: A heading is a word, phrase, or sentence at the beginning of a written passage that explains what it's about. A heading is very similar to a title. A headline means a line of words printed in large letters as the title of a story in a newspaper or the main points of the news that are broadcast on television or radio.

HeadingHeading

A heading is similar to a caption, a line below a photograph that briefly explains it. Headings show up at the top of paragraphs, chapters, or pages, and they give you an idea of what the subject is. You might write a heading for each chapter of your novel, or on each page of your French club newsletter. The 1300's meaning of heading was "beheading," and it wasn't until the late 1800's that it came to mean "title."

The word heading differs in its meanings.

  • A title at the head of a page or section of a book.

           ‘chapter headings’

  • A division of a subject; a class or category.

           ‘this topic falls under four main headings’

  • A direction or bearing.

           ‘he crawled on a heading of 90 degrees until he came to the track’

  • A horizontal passage made in preparation for building a tunnel.

          ‘A top heading is first excavated, and then a bench that is sometimes split further into bench and invert sections is constructed.’

  • A strip of cloth at the top of a curtain above the hooks or wire by which it is suspended.

There are three types of headings:

1.Question Headings:

A question heading, is a heading written in the interrogative case. A question heading like “What is the role of a social media executive” directs a reader’s attention because it implies that the text that follows the heading will answer that question.

Question headings are useful in content that serves as an informational resource, such as an instructional procedure, a troubleshooting guide, or a website’s FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. They are also effective in case of more qualitative information when the intention is to expand readers’ knowledge, such as headings that ask the difference between various political systems, religions, or philosophies.

2.Statement Headings

Statement headings are perfect for straightforward content where question headings do not fit. They express a fact or an opinion, and they signal that the content following them will provide details that support that fact or argue on that opinion.

Newspaper headlines are the model for this form: “Social Media Executives are the new thing” is an example of a statement heading.

3.Topic Heading

Topic headings are the most formal; but also, the most convenient and comfortable one for both the writer and their readers. But sometimes they’re so vague that they just aren’t helpful. In case of headings like “General,” “Application,” and “Scope” it might get vague and end up confusing the user. For example, the heading ‘Application ‘does not give a clear meaning as to what it intends to say. The heading might mean an application for a job or an application for leave.

Headline

HeadlineA headline is the title of a newspaper story, printed in large letters at the top of the story, especially on the front page. Also, the main points of the news which are read on radio or television. Wikipedia mentions the large type front page headline did not come into use until the late 19th century when increased competition between newspapers led to the use of attention-getting headlines.

A headline's purpose is to quickly and briefly draw attention to the story. The most important story on the front page above the fold may have a larger headline if the story is unusually important.

Headline also means:

  • If someone headlines a show, they are the main performer in it.

The band are headlining the festival's Saturday programme.

  • A line at the top of a page in a book, giving the running title, page number.
  • to publicize highly.

Primarily there are four kinds of headlines:

1. Flush Left Headline

This is the modern headline form in use consisting of two or three lines of headline, each one set to the left side of the space. The design is simple and allows freedom in writing the headline. The reason for the popularity of this kind of headline is because of its ease in writing, allows flexibility in unit count and provides a feeling of airiness to the page with the white space.

2.Banner Headline

Banner headlines are not used very frequently but make a significant impact when used. They are words printed in extra-large letters across the top of the front page of the newspaper for extremely important stories.

3.Inverted Pyramid Headline

Among all inverted pyramid headline style for news writing has a distinct advantage, especially for people who are in a rush and seldom have time to read every word of a story. The advantage in this case is that the headline concentrates on presenting pertinent facts first. With inverted pyramid stories, the most important information goes in the first paragraph, and the less important information follows to the very end of the story. The inverted pyramid headline generally consists of three lines -- the first runs across the column and the other two lines are shorter than the first line. The headline is created from the informative facts presented at the start of the story, giving the reader the most important points quickly.

4.Cross-Line Headline

The cross-line headline is quite similar to a banner headline. While it is a large headline, it does not span the entire width of the page, but it does run across all the columns of the story it pertains to. The cross-line headline is one of the simplest types of headlines, consisting of a single line and one or more columns in width. It can run flush on both sides of the paper or it can have the words centred over the columns. This type of headline is generally used when there is more than one column for a story and to produce a formal look. (Devon Willis)

 

Heading

Headline

Definition

  • A heading is similar to a caption, a line below a photograph that briefly explains it. Headings show up at the top of paragraphs, chapters, or pages, and they give you an idea of what the subject is.

 

  • a title at the head of a page or section of a book.

 

  • A division of a subject; a class or category.
  • A direction or bearing.

 

  • A horizontal passage made in preparation for building a tunnel.

 

  • A strip of cloth at the top of a curtain above the hooks or wire by which it is suspended.

 

 

 

 

  • A headline is the title of a newspaper story, printed in large letters at the top of the story, especially on the front page.

 

  • The main points of the news which are read on radio or television.

 

 

  • If someone headlines a show, they are the main performer in it.

 

  • The band are headlining the festival's Saturday programme.

 

 

  • A line at the top of a page in a book, giving the running title, page number.

 

  • to publicize highly.

 

 

 

Types

1.Question Headings

2.Statement Headings

3.Topic Heading

1.Flush Left Headline

2.Banner Headline

3.Inverted Pyramid Headline

4.Cross-Line Headline

Synonym

Caption, head, header, rubric, title.

Name, caption,label,legend,

inscription.

References:dailywritingtips.com,classroom.synonym.com,scribd.com,plainlanguage.gov,
dictionary.cambridge.org,collinsdictionary.com,wikipedia.org,merriam-webster.com,
vocabulary.com,encyclopedia.com
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