Lede writing assignment

Directions: Write four ledes based on the handouts/information. Assume all games happened “today” and you are writing a lede to appear in tomorrow’s paper.

Lede #1: “Hero lede”:  Use the Richmond vs. St. Joseph’s men’s soccer box score to write an AP-style hero lede for a brief that is to appear in the Charlottsville Daily Progress (UVA’s local paper).



Lede #2: “Delayed lede”: Use the UConn vs. Stanford women’s basketball box score and play-by-play to write a delayed lede for a story that is to appear in a national newspaper (this box score is from the 2010 national championship game). Focus on the game’s turning point for your lede. Write your nutgraf in bold.



Ledes #3 and 4: “Soft/delayed ledes”. Use the hypothetical information provided below to write a soft/delayed lede. Write your nutgraf in bold.

Lede 3:

The Denver Broncos played a preseason game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

The  Broncos won, 34-17 and the game was in Denver. Tim Tebow threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jason Brown ran for another. Kicker Rick Cunningham made both is field goals, from 34 and 47 yards, respectively.

The Broncos have a tradition in which the last player announced is the team’s star. The last player announced was LenDale White, a graduate of Chatfield High School which is nearby Invesco Field.

It was White’s first professional game and he signed with the Broncos about 3 weeks ago. He did not see action in the first two games because of a leg injury.

Against the Steelers he started at tailback.

White scored a touchdown and when he reached the endzone, he ran up to the fans and gave the fans in the North Stands the “mile high salute,” a celebration that is common in Denver.

His stats are as follows:

8 carries

20 yards

1TD (2-yard run, 1st Raiders possession)


Lede 4:

The United States and Japan faced each other in the World Cup finals today.

The game was tied at 2-2 after two overtimes and went to penalty kicks.

Japan won the penalty kicks, 3-2 to win the World Cup.

Use the box score and play-by-play at the link below to help formulate your delayed lede. You can also use the following quotes in any way, although you do not have to.



U.S. Coach Pia Sundhage:

“We couldn’t put away our chances. It’s a final — there’s a small difference between winning and losing.”

“It will be a final to remember. At the highest level, you have to take your chances, and we weren’t sharp enough with the two goals conceded.”


Captain and top-scorer Abbey Wambach

“Evidently, it wasn’t meant to be.”

“It just seemed like all of Japan suffered so much. It seemed like their country needed them to win more than ours.”


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