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Journalism - Research and Interviewing Activity

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In order for students to become credible journalists who produce effective news stories, they must learn how to ferret out the sources and the facts that they need for their stories.

For this activity, "Journalism - Research and Interviewing Activity," Middle and High School student journalists focus on Who to interview and What questions to ask. Although they receive very basic facts for each scenario outlined in Activity 1, their job is to consider what information they would need to write an effective news, feature, or sports story.

Basic Story Requirements that students must meet are
• Find details to flesh out the basic facts
• Find credible research sites and sources
• Find trustworthy and dependable sources to interview
• Compose open-ended interview questions
Note- students must formulate open-ended questions where the people must respond with information, not, “Yes” or “No” answers.

Students should complete these activities multiple times before they research, interview sources and write their first graded story. They should already have studied the 6 Primary Points of a Journalism Story, Lead types and lengths and the inverted Pyramid format for writing journalism stories. Here are 3 lessons/activities on these topics in my store.
Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets
Journalism: Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt (REVISED)
Journalism: Reporting Practice Worksheets

The two research and interviewing activities in this packet, help budding and advanced journalism students gain confidence in finding reputable and reliable sources,in preparing for interviews by composing open-ended questions and in being responsible for a Beat.

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