Leads Analysis

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The lead of a news story is one sentence that shares vital information to quickly grab the attention of the reader into the story. News elements included in a lead are the 5 Ws: the who, what where, when, why and/or how. With the Ws, the lead summarizes the most important information, without much detail unless it is critical to the story.

A reporter may choose a non-straightforward lead to deliberately tease your readers by withholding key information until your second paragraph. This is common in blind leads or leads in creative writing, not hard news.

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Shoree: Generally great job on the blog. Take note that the leads analysis, along with the other analyses, involves looking at a story and discussing how various elements work. Keep up the work.

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