Taking good notes is an important life skill. Reporting back to the company that sent you on assignment, to a conference, seminar, or meeting is a normal expectation. As a part of a newspaper study unit or as a standalone activity, your students will play the role of newspaper/magazine reporter with an important "star" interview, and the role of a famous celebrity of their own choosing.
Upon receiving the assignment from their editors, students will embark on a 10 question interview of their partner. Students will need to include at least one quote from their star interviewee, or their "big get" as it is sometimes known in the biz. In order to keep things fresh, the second interviewer will have a second set of questions on a different topic altogether.
Included in this Power Point presentation is a possible rubric that can be used to not only include the final product (the actual story written by the reporter), but the notes taken in order to produce the story. This activity is designed to take two class periods, but may be adjusted according to your learning goals.
On Assignment: Interviewing and Reporting
by Paul Chandler
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