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For this assignment, you will write a news story, as if for print or the internet, using information you will collect. This assignment will allow you to develop your interviewing skills.
Your leader must be an elected officer of a student organization, an appointed director or editor for a student publication, a member of student government, or a person with a similar responsible position. (If this were a real story, you would need at least three sources. But this assignment is designed mainly to give you experience conducting and writing about an interview.)
For general information, you might want to ask questions such as these:
What is your leadership position?
What is your greatest accomplishment related to your position?
What are the requirements for your position?
What traits must a person have to be successful in your position?
What do you hope to accomplish next as a leader?
What are your suggestions for someone who wants to be a leader?
What tips would you pass on to the leader who follows you in this position?
But your job is not done until you have found and written a story that is likely to interest most readers. Find out what problems (conflicts) the subject has faced, and how he or she resolved those problems. Get details by asking follow-up questions. Keep the reader captivated; don’t put the reader to sleep.
Your job is not to do a puff piece that makes someone out to be a hero, nor is it to do a hatchet job that exposes all his flaws. Your job is to tell an honest story that serves your reader.
Follow these guidelines when writing:
Your lede should reveal something that the person said or did that’s interesting or newsworthy. (Do not start by saying that the person was interviewed.)
Keep yourself entirely out of the story. Don’t use “I.” Don’t tell what the questions were unless it’s needed for clarity.
Keep your opinions entirely out of the story. Instead, give facts — detailed facts.
Don’t write in Q&A format. Instead, write a narrative with mostly your words and a few selected quotations.
Attribute everything the person said to him or her. (See the sample story in the tinted block on Page 85 of “Inside Reporting.”)
Put interesting details and narratives in your story. Don’t put the reader to sleep. Make the story so interesting that the reader can’t put it down.
Your story must:
Contain 300 to 500 words.
Use correct AP style.
Be indented and double-spaced according to the instructions you have been given.
Include at least one hyperlink. For example, you could provide a link to the website of the leader’s organization or a link to a website that the leader has found helpful in achieving his or her goals.
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Tips about Story 2
(Interview a leader)
JRN 2201

• The cartoon above does not mean that I want you to be
disrespectful of the person you will be interviewing. But the
cartoon makes an important point: as a journalist, your job is to
serve the reader first. What the reader needs and wants to know
is your priority. You also want to provide interesting details, not
generalities and fluff (although the subject’s underwear is
usually not part of the story).

• Write a good lede. Do not use the lede simply to say that you
interviewed the person or who she is. Instead, use the lede to
tell readers the most interesting thing that this person said or
did. Identify the person only briefly in the lede, using the full
name.

• In the second or third paragraph, identify the person more fully
and give a sentence or two of biographical information that’s
relevant to your story.

• Put several direct quotations in the story, but most of it should
be your paraphrases of what the person said and your
background information and explanations.

• Your first direct quotation should be no lower than the fourth
paragraph of the story — probably higher. But don’t use a full-
sentence direct quotation as the lede.

• If the person says something that sounds grand and glittering,
ask her what it means. Get details, evidence, examples,
anecdotes. Put it in plain language. Don’t get dazzled by a quote
and then fail to explain it fully to your reader.

• Encourage the person to tell detailed, colorful stories
(anecdotes) that illustrate the points he is making. Readers
remember stories.

• Attribute everything the person said to that person, whether it’s
a direct quotation or a paraphrase. Often the way to do this is to
conclude a sentence with a comma, followed by “Jones said” or
“she said.”

• Your only required source for this story is the person you are
interviewing, but feel free to quote additional sources. (In real
life, a one-source story is not acceptable. You’d need at least
three sources for a story of any length.)

• Use correct Associated Press style. Use short sentences and
short paragraphs.

• In every story, including this one, identify all students with these
four pieces of information: full name, hometown, class rank
(junior, senior, etc.) and major. For example, you could say that
John Doe is a sophomore sport and fitness management major
from Hahira, Georgia.

• The first time you mention a person, give her full name. From
that point on, call her by her last name. Do not repeat the first
name unless you are trying to avoid confusion about two people
who have the same last name.

• You should not write in Q&A format. Instead, write a story about
what the person said.

• Your reader doesn’t care about the sequence of your questions
and answers. Don’t organize your story in chronological order.
Instead, organize it logically. In general, the most important and
interesting information should be highest in the story.

• Keep yourself out of the story. In most cases, you don’t need to
tell the reader what questions you asked; just tell the person’s
answers. Write in third person. Do not use “I” or “we” except
inside a quotation.

• Read the tips about interviewing on pp. 78-81 of “Inside
Reporting,” our textbook.

• Of course, follow all instructions carefully.
• If you send me an optional draft at least 24 hours before the

final deadline, I’ll send it back to you with tips that will help you
get a high grade. Pay attention to what I mark on the draft. If
it’s not clear, ask me. (I encourage you to submit drafts of all
assignments, although drafts are not usually required.)

Steve Stewart
[email protected]
334-672-3192
6/14/2014

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