Best and worst ledes (Miranda)

The worst lede goes to this article on the NYT’s Well blog. It’s compelling story about a cancer doctor who gets cancer herself, but I felt like the kicker of the story could have been introduced in the lede instead of waiting for a graf or two.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/susan-loves-illness-gives-new-focus-to-her-cause/

During a talk last spring in San Francisco, Dr. Susan Love, the well-known breast cancer book author and patient advocate, chided the research establishment for ignoring the needs of people with cancer. “The only difference between a researcher and a patient is a diagnosis,” she told the crowd. “We’re all patients.”

Meanwhile, the best lede I found was actually two sentences. I know ledes are only supposedl to be one, but I really liked this one; it was a thought that needed to be spread into two independent clauses in order to have the same punch.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/finding-poetry-in-cancer/

When Kyle Potvin learned she had breast cancer at the age of 41, she tracked the details of her illness and treatment in a journal. But when it came to grappling with issues of mortality, fear and hope, she found that her best outlet was poetry.

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