What might or will happen as a result of this occurrence?
What relative importance does this happening have concerning (1)
intellectual, (2) moral, (3) social aspects of UAM,
WHO figures in this happening? Who is the faculty member or department or student that is connected with this event? Be sure to get first and last names and also information that identifies this person or these people (e.g. professor of education, sophomore, president of SGA, etc). Who will be affected by the happening? Who gave you the information?
WHEN did this event take place? When is it going to take place? When was the action first started? When is it going to stop? When did your source first learn of, or first start, the action that resulted in this story? When can you get final details if they are not available now?
did this event take place? Where is
it going to take place? Where did
your source get the idea for this event?
Where is the event going to take (a) the subject(s) of the story or (b)
the readers of the story? Where are
you conducting this interview? Where
will you go for more information?
did this event take place? Why is it
going to take place? Why would your
readers want to know? Why is your
source giving you this information?
Why didn’t you hear about this sooner ?
HOW will this event affect UAM, the students, the readers of the paper? How are you going to write this story up? How was this event accomplished?
REMEMBER: Get all the information you can.
Once you have the information, then consider how to present it. Look for the most important or most interesting piece of information and begin with that.
Special thanks to Dr. Donna Edsall, Muskingum University, for devising the interview guide!
If you don't understand something in this Web note, please e-mail Dr. Sitton.
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