ComJour333 Leads Assignment

Looking over the “Five Leads” post on the class blog, I have chosen the fifth lead as my favorite and the one that made me want to continue reading.

The lead, from a New York Times piece on unusual weapons such as icepicks still being used to commit crimes in New York City is as follows: “The young man staggered down a city street as blood flowed from a puncture wound. The weapon used in the steely attack — an ice pick — was sticking out of his lower back. The scene was reminiscent of an era in the 1930s and ’40s when members of a notorious Brooklyn murder syndicate left a trail of bodies riddled with ice-pick holes. This attack, however, was set in modern-day New York City, specifically, on Aug. 21, at 4:20 p.m. in the Norwood section of the Bronx.”

This lead is the most interesting because of the vivid imagery that however cliche, really paints a picture in your head of the grisly events that had taken place. The writer really sets the tone for the piece and generates reader interest and intrigue in what was simply a police blotter report. This lead is creative in the sense that it compares current crimes to historical ones and then brings it back to modern day again. The writer really did a great job in drawing me in and practically forcing me to keep reading.

Here are the two leads I selected that I thought were well done and/or drew my interest:

New York Times: Obama Offers Liberal Vision; ‘We Must Act’

Lead: “Barack Hussein Obama ceremonially opened his second term on Monday with an assertive Inaugural Address that offered a robust articulation of modern liberalism in America, arguing that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Shelters Work Overtime as Temps Plunge Across Southwestern Pennsylvania

Lead: “Pittsburgh’s homeless population filled local shelters by the dozens Monday night to escape temperatures that were forecast to plunge to 5 degrees and piercing wind gusts that were expected to create a wind chill as low as 20 degrees below zero.”



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