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Ways to get better interviews and quotes for high school publications

Ways to get better interviews and quotes for high school publications

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  • 1. Better Stories Better Interviews
  • 2. Location • Face to face communication works best • Set up a meeting time outside of class time • Avoid Audio Recorders • Invite to the journalism room
  • 3. Key Techniques • Read back great quote you want to use to get it correct • Ask next level of question, don’t accept one answer for the question • Base the next question of the answer just given • Have a conversation and be yourself
  • 4. Level 1 Questions What did ____________ Did the ________ When were the ____________ Who was _____________ Answers result in FACTS that will not be used in quotes for the story Key Words To Use: How, Who, What, When, List, Where, Tell, Define
  • 5. Level 2 Questions What happened when __________ How long did it take to ______________ Tell me what happened next when _________ Answers result in DETAILS that will be used for the lead or transistion Key Words To Use: Explain, Demonstrate, Relate, Show, Summarize
  • 6. Level 3 Questions How could you____________ Why do you think ______________ How did the ___________ What’s your opinion about ___________ Answers result in OPINIONS and FEELINGS that will be used quotes Key Words To Use: how, what motive, explain, elaborate, formulate, estimate, interpret, what conclusions
  • 7. Remember • Don’t quote facts in a story • Interview to get facts for transitions and the lead • It’s important to get the facts correct – always check and recheck