Friday, March 31, 2006

Writing summaries

One of the forms of writing that has emerged with the development of the web as a news medium is the summary. A summary is not a lead paragraph (although some news organizations use the lead as the summary). It tries to do more than the lead. It tries to give the reader an abbreviated but more complete idea of an article than the lead paragraph, which simply emphasizes the most important information. Good summaries help the reader decide whether or not to delve into an article. This short article (expanded from a previous version) on explains more about summaries and gives some examples.


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