It’s all in how the Dayton Daily writes a headline

Have to hand it to the pessimists at the Dayton Daily News, all news is bad news— if it can be.

The headline for this story is a prime example:

Downtown Dayton restaurant closes, will relocate on Salem Ave. | Taste: Dayton food and restaurants

Mary Ann’s Southern Kitchen and Catering has closed its downtown Dayton restaurant and will relocate in a few weeks to the former CJ’s Country Morning Pancake House at 3651 Salem Ave. in Harrison Twp., Mary Ann’s co-owner Ann Person said this morning, March 27.

via Downtown Dayton restaurant closes, will relocate on Salem Ave. | Taste: Dayton food and restaurants.

Not only can the negative disappear, the headline can be shorter and more accurate with a simple re-write:

Downtown Dayton restaurant to relocate on Salem Ave.

How hard was that?

The only thing that’s closed in this town are the minds of the people at the Dayton Daily Pessimist.

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5 Responses

  1. Gene March 28, 2009 / 12:34 am
    True……..so very true. I thought the same thing when I read the article, and now I plan to visit the new place bc DDN put the NEGGY spin on it.

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  2. A different Jeff March 28, 2009 / 8:27 am
    “The only thing that’s closed in this town are the minds of the people at the Dayton Daily Pessimist”

    Based on the comments following that story, the DDN is far from the ONLY closed minds. Maybe it’s a chicken/egg thing, or it’s just the DDN saying what their audience wants to hear.

    Eaither way, good luck to Mary Ann’s

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  3. David Esrati March 28, 2009 / 1:26 pm

    Note- in the print edition they changed the headline- to “Downtown Restaurant moving to Salem Ave”
    How ’bout that.

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  4. Parker April 21, 2009 / 10:14 pm
    If this restaurant is closing for a number of weeks before it relocates, then the original headline is obviously  very accurate.

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