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Introduction to Journalism Week 4 Notes

by: Emma Lea

Introduction to Journalism Week 4 Notes 53-1011

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In this weeks notes we discuss interviewing, verifying information, and types of questions. Happy learning!
Intro to Journalism
Curtis Lawerence
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journalism, introduction to journalism, interviewing, open-ended questions, close-ended questions
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emma Lea on Tuesday February 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 53-1011 at Columbia College Chicago taught by Curtis Lawerence in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 35 views. For similar materials see Intro to Journalism in Journalism and Mass Communications at Columbia College Chicago.

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Date Created: 02/23/16
Week Four Feb. 14­ Feb. 20 Readings: Chapter 4 and 6 of Missouri Group Chapter 4: “Interviewing” ­ Interviewing: having conversations with sources­is the key to most stories you will write o You will not have a good story without interviewing a source­that’s the whole  point of journalism o You have to prepare for an interview ­ Types of news stories: o The profile (centering on a person and their life with a focus) o The Investigative Piece (digging at the source) ­ Types of interviews: o Telephone, email, IM, skype, in person  ­ Preparing questions: o Make sure they are relevant (research your topic and person) ­ Open­ended questions: allow the respondent some flexibility o Example: How do you feel about climate change? ­ Close­ended questions: designed to elicit specific responses. Usually yes or no o Example: Do you like ice cream?  ­ Always ask follow up questions ­ Accuracy and fairness always is in play with interviewing ­ If you are recording, ask permission ­ Verify sources, fact check Chapter 6: “Gathering and Verifying Information” ­ Accurate information is the base of any story  o If it’s not accurate, you lose credibility ­ Multiple sources help verify and add credibility to your story o Example: Interview with the mayor and then interviewing the mayors publicist  ­ Always verify!! Everything!!  ­ Online is a good source of information o Start with News Archives o Search engines o News sites o Social media o Government databases ­ Traditional is good too o City directories o Maps  In Class session: On the Street Interviews Do’s:  ­ Look friendly and approachable  ­ Always state your name and why you are interviewing them ­ Ask closed ended questions to see if they are a right fit for your story o Example: If your story is about if you like dogs and they say no, they can go on  with their day ­ Keep it quick and easy to understand ­ Engage to make it like a conversation ­ Always ask for their first and last name with correct spelling, age, occupation


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