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Assignment 4 (conduct and write an actual interview)

Conduct an actual news interview with someone other than a relative, roommate or friend. You should seek out someone who is newsworthy, and your questions should relate to current events. You must actually talk with this person — face to face, on the telephone, or over the Internet using Skype or similar software.

Your interviewee can be someone who holds a leadership position in an organization or just someone who is newsworthy by criteria such as timeliness, impact, proximity, conflict, uniqueness, prominence and emotion.

Write a news story (300 words) centered on the interview you conduct. It must contain direct quotations from your interviewee, as well as explanatory information you gathered in your preparation for the interview. Verify factual assertions. Give information from at least two additional sources, either human or documentary, and name the sources in the text of the story.

Don’t start the story by saying that someone was interviewed. Start by telling the reader something newsworthy about the person or what he or she said. At the top of the story, identify the hypothetical audience you are writing for. For example, you could say the story is for readers of your newspaper or that the audience is Troy University students or residents of Troy or your hometown.

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