DEAR READER: Contributors to Show Me the Errors increase

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 5:27 p.m. CST; updated 4:51 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — In writing classes, journalism instructors tell their students to vary their leads. Make some short, they say. Write a narrative lead; go for a straight news lead; add details to draw the reader into the story.