Lede Writing resources and assignment – IMR

For Intro to Media and Reporting

Resources are courtesy of Bobby Hawthorne via the Interscholastic League Press Conference


Feature Leads

Grammatical Leads

News Questions and Leads

Checklist for Leads

Assignment: Think of 7 events from your lifetime and write a lede for a story about this event or experience. Think of memorable vacations, birthdays, school experiences, happy times, sad times – anything that is a memorable experience for you. Getting your driver’s license; Going to Hawaii, Getting a new puppy; Winning a big award; Meeting your best friend; Getting on television – it’s up to you.

Take a few minutes to think about your experiences and draft your list. Once you have your list, you will write one lede for each as you will have 7 total (different) ledes.

Remember, you must write the lede in third person. Each lede must be 35 words or less, 1-2 sentences. Nothing more, but it can be less. Just get the best use out of your space. Meaning, I want more than “Let’s talk about [insert topic]” and leaving it at that.

DEADLINE: End of class Thursday, March 27. Save to folder on Google Drive.

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