Good lead

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The lead for the story "Lemont siblings held on $2 million bail in jewelry robberies" was textbook.

Leads for hard news stories traditionally include the who, what, where and when. Reporter Christy Gutowski incorporates all into her lead, without causing the reader too much difficulty in sifting through facts.

The names of the siblings are withheld from the lead -- they are not prominent figures -- although they do appear in the headline.

The what is very detailed; readers know the amount of bail and the original crime the sisters are accused of committing.

Because it is a hard news story, this type of lead works. The busy reader knows the basics within the first few seconds of reading the article.

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Great job on the news blog. Nice. Just what I am looking for. GG

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