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SSJ Workshop - Interview and Report Writing Tips

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A workshop on interview and report writing tips

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SSJ Workshop - Interview and Report Writing Tips

  1. 1. Interview Skills Workshop Louise Third
  2. 2. <ul><li>Interviewing skills </li></ul><ul><li>The STEM reporter’s role </li></ul><ul><li>Fact-finding: the 5 W’s </li></ul><ul><li>Six interview tips </li></ul><ul><li>Interview practice and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Ten tips for news writers </li></ul><ul><li>The STEM Report template </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>STEM reporters role </li></ul><ul><li>Spot a STEM news story </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research </li></ul><ul><li>Plan those questions </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule the interview/s </li></ul><ul><li>Write-up immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Photograph the ‘story’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Fact-finding: The 5 W’s of all news items </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Six interview tips </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared, but not rigid </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid of silences </li></ul><ul><li>Always ask for clarification </li></ul><ul><li>Tell fast talkers to slow down </li></ul><ul><li>Get names spelled out </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Interview exercise for ‘Lincolnshire Echo’* </li></ul><ul><li>In pairs, find out the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Who they are and why they are here </li></ul><ul><li>What interests them about the STEM Student Journalist project </li></ul><ul><li>Why ‘Lincolnshire’ school pupils should get involved </li></ul><ul><li>* Substitute own local paper </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Ten tips for news writers </li></ul><ul><li>Find the focus – what is the news? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s the story about? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell that story in one word – innovation, skills, trust, hunger </li></ul><ul><li>Before you write – organise notes </li></ul><ul><li>Create a great opening sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Use active language </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overuse of adjectives – remain objective </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on detail and facts </li></ul><ul><li>Watch sentence length </li></ul><ul><li>Just read! Read good writers </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Using the STEM Report template </li></ul><ul><li>What is happening? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is the activity interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>How can readers learn from this? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of reports from 2008/9 </li></ul>

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