SAMPLE UNIT: JOURNALISM AND WRITING
For Learners ages 13 and older
Every day around the globe, journalists pick up the phone or head out of the newsroom. They meet someone, a stranger or a familiar contact. They take out a notebook or turn on a recording device. And then they perform two simple acts. They ask a question and they listen to the answer. An interview has started.
Interviewing is the heart of journalism. Yet too few journalists have ever received education or training in this critical skill. For most journalists the only way to learn is on the job, mostly through painful trial and error.
This unit gives students information and insight on how to research and prepare before an interview, what stellar interview questions are, how to create a conversational atmosphere with their interviewee, and how to use material given to write an article.