When I was taking the lead lab course at News University I learned many things. The major thing I learned was how to write an effective lead. This course went through the necessary steps that needed to be taken while writing a lead. The thing that the course stressed on was to find the tension in the story. Generally in a story there are two competing forces, so the lead should be focused around them.
I was surprised that there were multiple kinds of leads that someone could write. The leads consisted of direct leads and delayed leads. The direct leads are the ones most people are familiar with because it is the one when all the important facts are said in the first sentence. The delayed lead is designed to tell a story because the lead generally starts off in the middle of something and the audience finds out the important facts later. The kind of lead chosen really depends on the audience that will read that lead and the organization that the lead is being written for.
The thing I would like to learn more about is how to write the delayed leads better. I have not written a delayed lead before taking this course because when I learned leads I was taught the five W’s and a H, so all my leads were written in this format, so I am not used to writing in the delayed format.