Summary news leads are the foundation of most effective straight news writing. I’m convinced that if you can learn how to write a good summary news lead, you can write in just about any style – mostly because the discipline that comes with summary news writing forces you to really understand the essence of a story and how best to organize it and share it with your readers.

Here’s a quick overview of basic news elements, the traditional inverted pyramid style of summary news writing and great info about summary news leads.