PRCA 3330: TOW #8

NewsU-The Lead Lab

What did you learn?

The first thing that was really helpful in learning more about how to make a lead was “The 4 W’s and an H”. These 5 questions are essential to writing an effective lead:

  1. What happened?
  2. Who did it happen to?
  3. Where did it happen?
  4. When did it happen?
  5. How did it happen?

These question show that there are a lot of facts that you must know about a story in order to be able to write about it in an accurate way.

Another interesting part of the course was learning how to revise you lead once you have already written it.  Although it may sound very elementary, but you should be able to read you lead out loud in order to make sure it makes sense.  Out of the three revising guidelines, this one struck me as the most important because if you think your lead sounds weird, your audience will too.

What surprised you?

The writing myths they talking about in the lab surprised me the most because I was not aware that any of the things they mentioned were able to be used  The 4 myths were:

  • Leads must never begin with a quote
  • Leads must always contain attribution
  • A good lead is never more than 3 or 4 lines long
  • A lead must sum up the story in a paragraph

What do you want to know more about?

I was a little confused being able to distinguish between a delayed and direct lead.  I will need to look more into their differences and practice determining different types of leads.

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