Writing a Sports Story

While the news lead told the five Ws and the H, the lead of a sports story (though not limited to one paragraph) must contain certain elements. When editing sports, check the lead for:

1. Who was involved

2. What happened

3. When

4. Where

5. Name of the sport

6. Score

7. How won

How the game was won is usually the lead emphasis on a sports story. —Writing a Sports Story (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

A good find. I wonder who the author is. The last few paragraphs offer specifics for dealing with military ranks, so this handout was at least personalized by someone in the military. (I’ve sent an e-mail to Ellsworth Air Force Base. We’ll see what happens.)