English citations of lede
1959, Phillip H. Ault & Edwin Emery, Reporting the News (Dodd, Mead), p. 38
"A “lead” (sometimes spelled “ lede”) is simply the opening of a story." 1969, Roland Edgar Wolseley, Understanding Magazines (Iowa State Univ. Press), p. 442
"lead: (noun; often spelled “ lede”; lèd) The first paragraph or introductory section of an article." 1979, J. W. Click & Russell N. Baird, Magazine Editing and Production →ISBN, reprint of a 1974 ed. not checked), p. 90
"Readers usually see the lead picture and read its caption first, before reading the lede of the article, so the article lede should not be a repetition of the caption." 1982, Louis Alexander, Beyond the Facts: A Guide to the Art of Feature Writing →ISBN, p. 14
"Note that the first paragraph is not a news lede (spelled that way, as is customary in many editorial rooms, to distinguish it from the lead which printers use in typesetting)." 2001, Robert H. Giles, Robert W. Snyder, What's Next?: Problems & Prospects of Journalism, [ page 46]
"I needed the city editor to tell me how to write a graceful sentence, and I was a year into the job before I could craft a decent lede [...]" 2006, Mike Nizza, The Lede, New York Times blog .
"In the news business, the opening sentences of a story are referred to as its ' lede' -- spelled that way, journalism lore has it, to avoid confusion with the lead typesetting that once dominated newspaper printing presses." 2006, Steve Peha, Margot Carmichael Lester, Be a Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life!, [ page 125]
The lede is your beginning: the first sentence or paragraph that gets the reader engaged. 2007, Brian McGrory, Strangled, [ page 314]
I was thrilled to be in possession of this nugget, which could probably take over the lede of my story.