Street Stringers 

"In journalism, a stringer is a freelance journalist, photographer, or videographer who contributes reports, photos, or videos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work.” (from Wikipedia)

Join the Street Stringer News Organization

 

  • Every other Wednesday a new "theme" and assignment is posted.

  • Best entries are selected by a committee of journalists and photojournalists. The creators receive an Amazon $10.00 gift card award for each assignment posted.

  • You will receive an email about your award if your submission is selected. Selected work will be posted in the News Gallery at the end of each month. 

  • Responses can be a story, news report, or media. 

Journalistic Journey #3: The Interview 

Interview a person you think will be interesting.  For example, talk to a shopkeeper you see all the time, your neighbor who walks her dog in front of your apartment, an author at a book signing.  You might begin: “What a cute dog. What’s his name?” Or, “I just love your books. When did you start writing?”  Your goal: to create a short profile of that person.  It can be one seamless piece or in Q and A format. You decide.

If you interview them in person, make sure you have their permission (and your parents’), and that you are both abiding by current COVID protocol—to be masked, or else on the phone.

 

Talk so people will listen.  Listen so people will talk.  Good reporters know how to do good interviews.  It’s all in the questions they ask.  So start the conversation.  You’ll be amazed by the people you meet and the things you learn.

 

Be prepared.  Be polite.  Be specific. Ten for a Successful Interview

  1. Think about the person to whom you wish to speak.  Do you think you'll be comfortable talking to him/her?  If not, it’s fine to move on.

  2. Identify yourself and the reason you wish to talk.  Give your name, specify that it's a writing assignment for a journalism course and that the piece may be published on The Knowledge Project website. Express lots of interest, of course! 

  3. Ask when it might be a good time to chat and how much time you think you'll need.  Would they prefer to do it in person, over the phone or via email?  Let them know you may be recording the interview.  And if the interview is in person, be sure to follow COVID safety protocols. 

  4. Have a list of prepared questions. Think of the things you would like to know about this particular person, event, experience etc.  Always remember the 5 W's - who, what, when, where, why - and one more, how.  

  5. Take careful notes, particularly if you think you may wish to quote someone. If you’re not sure what a person is saying or what he/she might mean, ask for clarity.  People will appreciate the fact that you want to get it right. 

  6. Feel free to let folks just talk spontaneously and randomly.  Sometimes, they reveal the most fascinating bits of information when they are just rambling.

  7. Do your best to put the individual at ease.  You'll discover the best ways as you progress. You might start off making small talk:  “What did you think of the Yankees/Red Sox Wild Card game?” Or, “What are you doing to entertain yourself these days?  Me? I had to learn to cook! Can you imagine?”

  8. Always ask if you may have a phone number or email address in case you think of something else you'd like to know as you're writing your story.  But don’t be offended is someone refuses.  Folks are mighty busy these days.

  9. Finally, follow up with a “thank you” phone call, email or text.  People will be glad you did.

  10. Last, but not least:  Have Fun!


Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 19 at 5 pm EST

Please fill out the form below. Parent or Guardian signature authorization is required if the Writer is under 18 years of age.

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