Title your Google Doc for today "Story Proposals"
1. Click on Bell Work: Staying Objective; it will prompt you to make a copy of the document. Name it "Story Proposals" and today's date, then do the bell work exercise in the doc and include the rest of your notes for today in the same document.
2. Finish up your Story Proposals we started last time:
- Six-Word Summary of your story
- Include the angle or focus of your story: What are you going to focus on? How is this focus new and/or different than what's already out there?
- Give two reasons why this story is newsworthy (check slides and defend why your story is newsworthy)
- List three primary sources (people you would interview in person) of authority who you are planning to interview.
- List two secondary sources you would consult (online sources, documents, news articles, etc.)
2. What is the difference between an open and a closed-ended question? Which is better in an interview?
3. 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?
4. List at least 3-5 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.
5. 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
Note: Because of Picture Day, we will start interviews NEXT WEEK. Please make sure to have your story topic AND your list of questions ready for your interviews next week. (Finish up everything we didn't get to during this period on Friday.)
- Bell Work
- Story Proposals (2)
- Interview Questions