The Lead. Reporting and Writing Journalism and Media Studies Centre The University of Hong Kong Alex Lo. What is a lead?. Brits call it the intro , Americans & Aussies call it the lead . It gives the most important point of a story.
Reporting and Writing
Journalism and Media Studies Centre
The University of Hong Kong
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Monkey danceWhat’s so important about the lead?
A lead must be simple, direct, concise; secondarily, it should be dramatic and vivid.
The Pentagon reports a navy helicopter carrying a team of special forces operatives was lost over the South China Sea last night. There were no survivors.
A US navy helicopter carrying a term of special forces operatives plunged into the South China Sea last night, killing everyone onboard, the Pentagon says.How to write a lead
“Osama bin Laden mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks and the world's most wanted man, has been killed in a US operation in north-western Pakistan, Barack Obama has announced.”
May 2, Guardian
Why the indirect O-V-S structure?
“An elite crew of American forces killed Osama bin Laden during a daring raid on Monday in his compound north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.”
May 2, Denver Post
This follows the usual S-V-O direct sentence.How to write a lead
Eight robbers raided the HSBC headquarters in Central yesterday and walked off with HK$70 million worth of gold bars.
The men posed as security guards and subdued bank executives while threatening to kill them.How to write a lead
Use strong, dramatic language -- specific nouns, strong and/or colorful verbs.
A late-morning fire in the upper floors of an 18-story luxury housing estate in Pokfulam killed three people yesterday.
A fire roared like a “blowtorch” through the upper floors of a Pokfulam luxury housing estate yesterday, killing three people.How to write a lead