Endings

Although the news writing style tries to put the most important information in the beginning, in order to draw in readers, it is also important to save something for a good ending.

A good ending gives a "rounded out" feeling to a story, especially if the end makes reference to information in the lead.

For instance, in a story by a staff member about a young man trying to quit gang crime and turn his life around, the ending was:

Valle gave a convincing "yes" when asked if he is going to graduate from college.

This means that he will have to see his mother cry again, although this time he will see her from a stage while he is wearing a cap and gown, holding a diploma in his hand.

The lead had talked about how his mother cried when he received a scholarship to attend college, shortly after he had been released from jail.

The ending made a smooth reference to the lead, tying the story together.