I am an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and an experienced educator and I understand that a powerful, informative interview can make or break a broadcast news story.
This ability to get the story “straight from the horse’s mouth” makes a powerful impact on viewers, however, broadcast journalists must master a range of skills to elicit quality information that contributes to fair, accurate and ethical storytelling. This lesson plan introduces students to the multi-step process for planning and conducting successful broadcast interviews, attending to both content and technical requirements.
Conducting Interviews for Broadcast News Stories: A Student Reporter’s Guide includes:
• instructor lecture notes and discussion questions
• links to instructional resources with a research/skill-building activity
• in-class practice interview activities
• instruction on technical requirements for audio/video recording at interviews
• a handout resource on Active Listening
• a student assessment/assignment to enhance and enrich scholastic journalists’ interviewing skills.
The 8-page lesson plan is flexible and can be delivered over 3 x 1-hour class periods, 2 x 90-minute classes, or as a 3-hour workshop. The assessment/assignment has a suggested turnaround time of 72 hours.
This product comes to you as a customizable Word document so that you may format and print each page as needed for your particular classroom purposes, e.g. overhead notes, resource handout, printable assignment, etc.