After taking the Poynter’s News University course, The Lead Lab, I learned a lot of new information about what it takes to write good leads for news stories, and what it takes to craft good leads. Since the lead is what grabs the reader’s attention, and is one of the most important parts of a news story, it is important to understand how to write them accurately.

The first thing I learned about writing a good lead is that it is important to ask yourself the who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about your topic before crafting your lead. Being knowledgeable about your topic, as well as your audience, is important before writing a lead. After this is determined, it’s much easier to narrow down the information that will be in your lead. Leads should be short, informative, and attention-grabbing.

I was surprised to learn that there are so many tools to be used in creating leads. Although creating a lead can seem somewhat intimidating, there are certain steps that can be made to create a lead in an easy, quick way.