Essential Question: How do you conduct effective interviews and what is the difference between open- and closed-ended questions?
Title your Google Doc for today "Interviews" and today's date.
1. What is the difference between an open and a closed-ended question? Which is better in an interview?
2. Come up with one good, open-ended question (add them to your doc) for the following scenarios:
- A car accident happened at the school and you are interviewing one of the victims.
- A source seems nervous about talking to you and you decide to ask a question to get to know them better and make them feel at ease.
- You are interviewing someone who is very short in their answers and only gives you yes/no/I don't know types of answers.
- You are interviewing the principal about a controversial new district policy.
- You are about to ask a source some very personal questions and want to make sure you have their full consent to interview and record them.
- If you could ask only ONE question to get more information for your story topic, what would the question be?
3. List at least 5-7 questions for each source you are going to interview for whatever story idea you've chosen for your first deadline. Note: you may ask some sources the same questions, but try to make sure you choose your sources based on their expertise. Don't interview siblings or family members as this will make your story very biased.
Distance Learners: you may interview people via text, social media or email if you can't reach them in-person.
4. Interviewing Basics:
- Always record your interviews on your phone (use the Voice Memo or Voice Recorder app) and get consent to record
- Ask interviewees to spell their first and last name and ask them for their title (Mrs. Ms. Mx, Mr. Dr. etc.) and pronouns.
- When interviewing teachers or administrators follow up with them and have them double-check that you got their interview right and didn't use things out of context when your article is written
- Use excuse slips; be respectful to teachers (they may tell you no, that's okay)
- Bring a buffer (friend) if necessary but don't pull your friends out of class
- Interviews should last no longer than 5-10 minutes each
5. Start interviewing and make sure to record your interviews. Once you are done interviewing, transcribe the pieces from your recorded interviews that you want to use in your article into today's Google Doc. Submit it for the Interviews assignment on Canvas
6. Exit Ticket:
- What did you accomplish today?
- What have you learned about interviewing others?
- What's your plan to continue work on your article next period?
- Scenario Questions
- Interview Questions
- Exit Ticket