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Editing Leads. Be extra careful with first sentence and paragraph. These are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers. Tip One. Make sure the focus – the hard news, the point of the story – is in the lead. Tip Two.

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Tip one
Tip One are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Make sure the focus – the hard news, the point of the story – is in the lead


Tip two
Tip Two are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Make sure no unsupported questions are raised in the leads


Tip 3
Tip 3 are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Don’t hype leads. Don’t overstate or oversensationalize the facts.

  • Also, watch for self-serving sources who try to make themselves look big by hyping the facts


Tip four
Tip Four are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Present the main facts without the lead being so crammed that readers choke on information


Tip five
Tip Five are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Watch for DULLNESS


Tip six
Tip Six are the places where uncaught errors are especially noticeable to readers.

  • Second-day leads: Make sure new angle to the story is in the lead. But make sure that high in the story the reporter repeated the details of the event (first day news)


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