Reporting Practice Assignment Teacher Notes:
This is an excellent activity for students to practice interviewing techniques, to write effective leads, and to write straight news stories.
Here are some of the directions:
Students: For this assignment, you will take on two different roles: that of a reporter writing an accurate story relating the event in question, and then that of a person to be interviewed for a scenario( this must be different from the one that you are writing). If you are a reporter one day, you will be a person in a scenario the next day, and vice versa.
Person to be interviewed:
You will receive a piece of paper that explains the role that you are playing. You will meet with the other people in this scenario and will create a story line based on the scenario fact sheet. As a group, you will come up with specific facts that happened during the incident to be used later when you are being interviewed. You will also need to make-up biographical and/or work-related information about yourself. In some of the scenarios, you will have to decide whose side you will take in the conflict.
You will interview the people involved with the story in order to obtain the facts for your article. You will conduct interviews with these people and write a factual news story. Reporters: ask the person that you are interviewing to create a list of:
what he/she witnessed
what he/she is working on to solve the case
what he/she experienced
what he/she knows
his/her biographical information
The format and context criteria, as well as all 7 scenarios are included in the complete product.
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