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Summary Leads

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Summary Leads

  1. 1. Summary leads
  2. 2. When you use summary leads <ul><li>Late-breaking stories </li></ul><ul><li>“Hard” and timely news </li></ul><ul><li>News briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Caption writing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key characteristics <ul><li>Contain the 5 W’s* </li></ul><ul><li>Use only the most important facts </li></ul><ul><li>Lead with the most important W </li></ul><ul><li>Are under 30 words </li></ul><ul><li>Are usually a single sentence long </li></ul><ul><li>*Sometimes the why can come later, particularly if it’s obvious or complex. </li></ul>
  4. 4. A summary lead <ul><li>LaGRANGEVILLE — State Sen. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 18th annual Golden Gathering from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington High School on state Route 55. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A summary lead <ul><li>LaGRANGEVILLE — State Sen. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 18th annual Golden Gathering from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington High School on state Route 55. </li></ul><ul><li>If the “why” is obvious or mundane, it doesn’t have to go in the lead. It can come later if necessary. </li></ul>
  6. 6. A summary lead <ul><li>PITTSBURGH — President Obama and the leaders of Britain and France will accuse Iran Friday of building a secret underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel, saying it has hidden the covert operation from international weapons inspectors for years , according to senior administration officials. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your turn… <ul><li>Write a summary lead from these facts: </li></ul><ul><li>Who: Chess Club </li></ul><ul><li>What: hosting a tournament </li></ul><ul><li>Where: KHS Gym </li></ul><ul><li>When: Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>Why: Fun, competition, to benefit the American Cancer Society </li></ul><ul><li>Write two versions of your lead, beginning with different “Ws” </li></ul>

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