One of the only reasons I was excited for school to start this year was for the opportunity to be editor-in-chief of the Rocket Star, our school paper (the other reason…I’m a senior!!! haha). I don’t think that I’ll be able to change the way everyone writes, but I’d really like to try to help improve our stories, as well as my own. One of our biggest problems (well, at least one of my biggest problems) is trying to get a decent interview…

Many teenagers aren’t very interested in giving a decent interview for some small school paper. And, when you can finally find a few to open up, how do you remember everything they said? I can never write that fast, and I don’t want to slow down because it often loses the interview when you have to say “Stop, what was that again?” So, my questions are…do any of you have interview tips? How do you get someone to open up? How do you keep the interview going?
I really want to work on interviews this upcoming year and shy away from just making up a quote from a friend who won’t care what we print (don’t lie…we all do this at some point…it’s much easier than actually finding them and taking the time to talk to them!). Any tips?

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