News Story Leads: First and Second Day News
In a story about a Shakopee police shooting, the leads between a first day story and a follow-up varied greatly. The first-day story had the immediate facts first; a man had died after police shot him in self defense. The follow up story doesn't even mention the man's death until the eighth paragraph. This huge leap is taken because the writer assumes that the readers are familiar with the basic premise of the story and it leisurely fills in specifics that might not have been known in time for the first day story. The second day story advances the news by adding things the first story left out, such as what time the man was shot.