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Is this an appropriate lede for a high school baseball story?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    The Only High School We Cover's baseball season and 10-game winning streak ended when league most valuable player Joe Jones flew out with the bases loaded in a 9-8 loss to Another High School in a first-round playoff game Wednesday.

    The issue is -- is it right to mention the player who made the last out in the lede of a high school baseball story? I think it is because it is news.

    This should not be a discussion of leading with something else in this 9-8 game. I just want feedback on is this appropriate. This also has nothing to do with Little League.

    Player is a senior, but that should not change the equation.

    He was three for four before making the final out, which should also not change the equation.
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    You would have used his name if the ball went over the wall, right?
  3. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Well said. Of course the name should be mentioned.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Unless the lede in question was "The so-called MVP Jones blew it with the bases loaded", the name is fair game.
  5. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    In today's Podunk Press...

    Not crazy about it, and I am even less crazy about mentioning an error in the headline.
  6. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I am curious about the reaction to that headline and angle about the missed fly ball. It might be too early for that now.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    In a 9-8 game, I imagine Another High did more to win it than My High did to lose it. Horrible lede.
  8. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Maybe so, but if Another High isn't the school your paper covers, I can understand the need to lead with something on My High. If it's the end of a 10-game winning streak, I might lead with some sort of My High scene-setter or something.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Not knowing how the other team scored the 9 runs, I would probably not use the the last out dude unless I talked to him and had quotes from him about it.
  10. chilidog75

    chilidog75 Member

    You have to write it from the perspective of the team YOU COVER.
    Nothing at all wrong with using the name, especially since you're likely going to mention his three other at-bats somewhere else in the story.

    Not sure if it's lede-worthy or not because I don't know the details of the game. But the fact that the team's best player, who was already 3 for 3, came up in a one-run game with the bases loaded in the last inning definitely needs to be in the story somewhere.
  11. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    I see no choice but to lead with him as long as you're not pinning the loss on him.
  12. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    It's not necessarily inappropriate, it's just unoriginal. Why write such a boring, AP-style lede when you could go with something more interesting that also wouldn't seem to blame the loss on the kid?

    "League MVP Joe Jones had another fine day at the plate with three hits on Saturday, but when his ninth-inning, bases-loaded drive settled into the left fielders glove, The Only School We Cover's season, not to mention its 10-game winning streak, ended with a 9-8 loss to Another School in a first-round playoff game."
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