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1 Interviewing, Captions, Headlines, and Body Copy

2 essential for any good writer

3 Closed-ended Can be answered with a yes or no or one or two words Do not invite discussion, opinions, or elaboration by interviewee Often puts the interviewers opinion into the interviewees mouth Open-ended Answered with more than one word response Requires elaboration by interviewee Typically begin with how? or why? Why do you want to use open-ended questions in your interviews?

4 Concentrate on human interest aspects of the group Ask questions that make interviewee think The better the questions, the better the quotes Put yourself in a readers shoeswhat would a reader care about? What will readers forget as they age? Use lots of HOW and WHY questions…describe for me…tell me more about… Be prepared to ask follow up questions

5 Complete your beat sheet prior to the interview This includes creating questions for the faculty advisor/coach Schedule a time to meet with the faculty advisor first After youve talked with the teacher, then design questions for the students involved in the club, sport, or class Set up a time to meet with the student leaders Then prepare your survey questions for all members Remind students to complete your survey DO NOT BE LATE TO OR MISS AN INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT! Doing so will hurt your reputation, the reputation of the staff, make people not want to buy a yearbook, and negatively impact your grade Dress appropriately Say thank you

6 Do not ever just say, Give me a quote. Do not just limit yourself to your pre-written questions Ask interviewee permission to voice record the interview Ask follow up questions, so that you can obtain specifics Always do your research before going to the interview Dont go to the interview not knowing anything about the group or the interviewee Dont be afraid to ask for more explanation Dont be afraid to ask for time to write down what is said Give the interviewee time to answer your question honestly When possible conduct the interview face-to-face Try to have a conversation, not a firing squad of questions

7 from interview to body copy

8 Write your first draft as soon as you can after the interview Make sure you have completed all of your interviews Remember youre writing to express not impress Its your job to find and relate the details to the reader Most students spend about three minutes or less reading copy Dont forget the memories…not just the facts Avoid clichés Pick out your best quotes to use in the story

9 Lead (p. 57) 25 words or less Must pull reader in – make her want to read second sentence 3-4 Catchy Words Sensory descriptive sentence Unusual, though-provoking question Interesting quote Body (p. 58) Show depth and attention to detail Use a transition – quote – transition format Cover all sides of the group/story Use familiar words not fancy ones Conclusion (p. 59) Dont write about future Resist praising the team, sport, or club Not an essay conclusion

10 Use past tense Active voice Third person No editorializing, jokes, or sarcasm Dont use THIS YEAR Use lots of quotes Be short, concise, and to the point Use Subject-Verb-Object sentences Use section colors so student names in stories stand out Focus on VOICE from the 6-Traits Use 12 point font Use Mr. Greg Molzahn first and then Molzahn thereafter Use senior Sarah Peters first and then Peters thereafter

11 Do not use apostrophes in boys and girls Boys swimming and diving Girls cross country Use said for quote attribution Use stated if you read the quote someplace first and it wasnt directly spoken to you Use other active verbs if and only if they are 100% appropriate Dont say, when asked or in response to… It is acceptable to fix grammatical errors in quotes/statements Use quotation marks Periods and commas = inside ! and ? can go inside or outside Start body copy with drop cap (2 lines deep) Full justification

12 most read text in the yearbook

13 Tell the reader more than what is visible Include quotes from people within the photo Give additional background about people and action in picture Helps to take notes while youre taking pictures Formula First sentence = lead Second sentence = background info about picture Third sentence = quote directly connected to the people in picture

14 Answer the 5Ws and an H Use present tense Use active verbs and descriptive nouns Use peoples first and last names Identify everyone even if they are not students Follow same title and class rules as body copy Use 10 point font Learn how to spell the four grade levels – freshman vs. men and sophomores

15 Dont begin with names, grade in school, or prepositions Dont use be verbs Dont use gag captions, jokes, sarcasm, or inside jokes Dont mention the photographer or the camera or smiling Dont editorialize Dont talk to the picture or the people within it Dont repeat information that is elsewhere on the page Dont identify names of non-students Dont use left to right – we already read that way

16 they state more than the obvious

17 They should draw readers into looking at and reading the page Should be specific and positive Do more than just label the page Should do more than state the obvious Dont use A, An, The, And (use comma in place of and) Should tie into one of the photographs (dominant one?) Typically 2-5 words in length Can be a play on words Should have a main and secondary headline Try to tie it back to the yearbook theme

18 Use Present tense Dont use it to fill up white space Select typefaces that complement each other Use strong, active verbs (dont use be verbs) Avoid abbreviations

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28 Football team making it to the state championship game Teacher of the year Freshmen Mentor Program Basketball player sets a state all-time points record Tech Ed students build race car that won at state fair

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