Idea File - 2017 Spring

Editor-In-Chief’s Corner

Maddie Bader 2017-03-07 01:42:57

INTERVIEW AND WRITING TIPS TO HELP YOU STRESS A A LITTLE LESS When it comes to interviewing, there are many ways to begin. Some people dive into it headfirst with no questions prepared and prefer to just have a conversation. Others tend to go above and beyond with 20 questions and an extensive list of background information to help the interview be as efficient as possible. Neither of these strategies is wrong because there is no set way to go about an interview. That is the beauty of journalism: Interviewing is a technique best learned through practice. It is in practice that you hone your skills and learn what works for you. The strategies below will help you get started. Research. In smaller schools, it is easy to know about most affairs, which is not always possible in larger schools. School calendars or club boards are great tools to use when planning an interview. They give you information, pictures and an idea of who to interview. Conversate. Interviews can be awkward and intimidating. Breathing exercises, mock interviews with friends, or talking in front of a mirror alone are great ways to help prepare for an interview, no matter how silly it sounds. Manage Quotes. Quotes are important and pulling them into an article may seem tricky. Asking at the beginning of the interview for contact information to confirm details and verify quotes during the interview are crucial. Always make sure that the quotes are accurate and pertain to the situation. A recorder, jotting down details, and starting on the article soon after will keep the interview fresh in your mind and help clear up loose ties as well. Socialize. Being ajournalist, you have to step outside your comfort zone. You may be informed of the activities in clubs in which you participate, but what about other clubs? Consider the kids involved in these extracurriculars, but also the kids who aren't involved in anything at all. You need to be able to have a conversation with them to have a good interview. I suggest going to teachers and asking them about a student and their best qualities or achievements if you are struggling to find students to interview. Now you have your information and have to put it together. The Yearbook Blueprint book from Walsworth has examples on how to organize your article and follow AP style. You should always get copy proofread by a teacher. Our yearbook staff has a writing team which evaluates our copy before the teacher sees it. Whatever system you have in your program, make sure you have multiple eyes scanning over your copy to ensure everything is correct. The best interviewing techniques come from practice. Be sure to use all free as well as affordable resources available to help develop yourself as a writer. Check out your local interscholastic press association, Walsworth's Yearbook Help at yearbookhelp.com, Walsworth's Yearbook Suite curriculum, and Poytner.com to utilize resources to make you a better writer. ON THE WEB For more Editor-in-chief Corner columns, go to walsworthyearbooks.com/ideafile. Maddie Bader is a junior in her first year of yearbook at Hermann High School in Hermann, Missouri. She is the copy editor. Yearbook has helped her learn useful life skills and has taught her more about the world of journalism. After graduation, she plans to study journalism and pursue her dream of becoming a journalist.

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