Hard News Leads

Good Lead

The Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/world/middleeast/20hiker.html?hp

The lead: Sarah Shourd, a teacher released last week after 410 days in an Iranian prison, said Sunday after her arrival back in the United States that she felt only “one-third free” because the two other American hikers arrested with her remain incarcerated in Tehran.

I think this is a good lead because it brings you into the story with a name and a face, it gives you details but not too many details, and it leaves you wanting to read more without necessarily needing to.

Bad lead

The Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/world/asia/20thai.html?hp

The lead: Anti-government protesters returned to the streets here on Sunday in a large but short-lived demonstration that underlined the persistent divisions in Thailand four months after a military crackdown.

This lead may seem bad to me because I am not particularly familiar with the situation, but I find this lead lacking a certain amount of information that should be in a lead.


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