Leads and Nutgraphs. Construction. Lead – The hook that tells the reader what the story is about is called the lead. It is often a single sentence. In hard news stories, the direct or summary lead provides the who, what when where and why of the story.
Indirect, with Nutgraph
Michael Vick is finally biting back.
Buoyed by three touchdown passes from its quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles crushed the New York Giants in yesterday’s matchup.
Another one bit the dust last night in Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood.
John Smith, 22, of 500 E. Washington St., died of multiple gunshot wounds early Wednesday morning.
The Lincoln University Board of Trusees made a very important decision Tuesday night.
In a unanimous vote, the board decided to ban the use of alcohol from the university’s campus.
The most common mistake young reporters make is burying the lead.
That means the main idea is swimming somewhere in the body of the story instead of being placed in the lead.