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 0697043290, 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 0872012816), 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.