Jour 203-BDP

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Good Lead: Browse through a variety of print media (online or otherwise) and copy/paste three leads (must be in the first two sentences of story) that stand out to you as especially curious, engaging, humorous, off-the-wall, etc. Write a short paragraph under each lead describing why you chose it. IMPORTANT: When you're finished, post this assignment as a new blog entry (in your own blog) AND AS A
'COMMENT 'attached to this prompt (click on the 'comment' button below this prompt and sign-in under your account). DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY (10/4/06) 5pm.

"Henry Gale wasn't supposed to survive this long."
This hook is attention getting and to the point (thirty words or less). It is written in an active voice, not passive voice. The lead is somewhat elusive not specifying what Henry Gale has survived, whether it be a personal health battle or in this case a job cut. The lead's first verb expresses the main "who" and "what" of the story. This story will tell of Henry Gale's (the who) and his remarkable survival as a regular character on ABC's castaway drama "Lost" (what). Most importantly this lead makes me want to read furthur.
Source: Extended visit by Jaymes Song, Associated Press published in Cape Cod Times

"Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, is humiliating me. He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He's pushing himself against me, shouting: "This is what they did to me in Panama City!"
This off-the-wall news lead is a single paragraph and summarizes the "who" (Joe Francis) and the "why" read about him ( he founded Girls Gone Wild). Here the active voice is very intriguing and throws the reader into this chaotic scene creating a distinct visual. In the next paragraph background information provides the what, when, and where of the story, which I take the time to read thanks to this juicy lead.
Source: Baby, Give Me a Kiss by Claire Hoffman, staff writer LA Times

U.S. scientists John C. Mather and George F. Smoot today won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research helping to solidify the big bang theory of the origin of the universe.
Here a good straight news lead gets the job done. It is clear that the two scientists John Mather and George Smoot are the "who", their nobel prize in physics is the "what", 2006 satisfies "when", and the fact that it is the big bang theory of how the universe began provides a "so what". The unanswered questions of "where" is not especially applicable and how they achieved this feat will be answered later in the story. Creativity is not optimized, but readers interested in this subject matter may be more analytical and perhaps less appreciative of a "flowery" lead.
Source: Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Two U.S. Cosmologists by Aalok Mehta, National Geographic News


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