1. Bell Work: Staying Objective
2. What is the difference between an open and a closed-ended question? Which is better in an interview?
3. In your group, come up with one good question (add them to your doc for today and your white board) 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?
4. List at least 3-5 questions for each source you are going to interview.
5. Interviewing Basics:
- Always record your interviews 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 call 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
6. Conduct your first interview(s).
7. Transcribe interviews into a Google Doc. Title that Google Doc [Your Story Title].
8. Exit Ticket: What was the most important information you got out of today's interviews? How is it going to help you write your story?
- Bell Work
- Interview Questions
- Interview Transcripts
- Exit Ticket