If you’ve been looking at the newspaper and thinking you could do a better job then Schmedlines could prove to be the perfect distraction.
The idea is simple: get a real news story with a weak headline and then invite users to submit their alternatives. Today there’s a story about a Montana jury who have decided they won’t convict for the possession of a small amount of marijuana, so headlines include: MONTANA JURORS UNWILLING TO CAST THE FIRST STONER (from mitt umlaut) MONTANA JURY: DON’T FEAR THE REEFER (from Lddougherty)
And if you don’t like them you’re encouraged to write your own with users voting for their favourite headlines. There’s also a ranking system from cub reporter to managing editor that makes it like Facebook for news junkies.