A Journalist at Heart by Gwen McNamara


A Journalist at Heart by Gwen McNamara In this guest post, Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, shares her affection for newswriting and affirms its power. Nothing beats a well-crafted lede. No, that’s not a typo. I’m talking about a lede – the opening sentence or paragraph of a news story. Headlines may grab our attention, but it’s the lede that supplies the details. Good ledes give us the who, what, where, when, why, and how in one tight package. Great ledes draw us in and urge us to dig further. Take this example from a 2018 Pulitzer [...]