Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dear Porkchop: How do I write a lede?

For the answer, we turn to Garance Burke of the Associated Press:

STRATHMORE, Calif. (AP) -- On Grandparents Day, Domitila Lemus accompanied her 8-year-old granddaughter to school. As the girls lined up behind Sunnyside Union Elementary, a foul mist drifted onto the playground from the adjacent orange groves, witnesses say. Lemus started coughing, and two children collapsed in spasms, vomiting on the blacktop.

All right, so maybe it's not a perfect example. After all, I hear you say, that lede is so badass that you don't really care what the rest of the story is about, and I rather agree.*

Still, you've got to admit it grabs your attention. In fact, I want to chant it over an instrumental break in a prog-rock song.

*Apparently it's about pesticide.

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