Leighton Walter Kille

Research editor, Journalist's Resource. Formerly assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, senior editor of the Boston Phoenix (RIP), managing editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian (also RIP) and managing editor at the South American Explorer (still with us).

Expert Commentary

Chicago Manual of Style basics

If The Associated Press Stylebook was created specifically for journalists, the target audience of The Chicago Manual of Style is much broader — all writing and writers.

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(Shorenstein Center)

Basic principles of writing a story lead

A lead (also known as a lede) is the first paragraph or several paragraphs of a story, be it a blog entry or a long article. Its mission is to catch readers’ attention and draw them in.