The first feature article is about the “Justin Bieber might be a father” rumor that has been going around. The inroduction goes as follows:
“Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the allegations that Justin Bieber sired a baby boy after 30-seconds of backstage bathroom sex with a plucked from the crowd concert-goer are true. Many of the details of the story ring true — from the backstage girl-herding for Justin’s selection to the frenzied quickie and then post-coital dissing by the heartthrob. In fact, it sounds routine.” I think the lead in this article is the first sentence of the article. I think it’s a pretty outgoing statement and it makes you want to read more. The nut-graph of the article comes later on, “Bieber serves as an allegory for the way we treat American teens: leading them to temptation, unprotected and unprepared, and expecting more of them than we do of ourselves.” I think this was what the writer was trying to get across to the readers.
The second article is about the death of Andy Rooney at age 92. The introduction goes as follows:
“Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old.Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” was short: He died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary.” The hook in this article is the first sentence. I think it would bring back memories for people who watch “60 Minutes” and remember when Rooney retired. The nut-graph, I believe, is when the writer mentioned that Rooney died friday night. That was the overall point he was trying to get across.
Overall, I think both of these feature stories have great leads and nut-graphs, and are also interesting to read.