ii. Brainstorm sources: interviewees, books, periodicals...
iii. Prepare (and write down) several questions
iv. Prepare to audio or video tape the interview. Check tape, batteries, power cords...
B. Try to title or head different topics
C. Make sure all quotations are exact.
iii. Make sure you get the basics: who, what, where, etc.
iv. Maintain eye contact with interviewee. Show genuine intersted in the answers
B. Beginnings like "It was a stormy night in Philly..." aren't appropriate for the first paragraph. Your purpose is to give info, not set the scene.
C. Here are some good examples:
"The spring's returning warmth means that it is maple sugaring time in New Hamphsire."
"After a long winter, spring was the time to refresh the spirit and tone up the system with a tonic." (-Foxfire 2, Eliot Wigginton, Anchor Books, Garden City, N.Y.,1973, Pg. 49.)
iii. Leave out descriptions; keep to facts.
B. In general, the fewer words you use, the better your article will be--provided you have sufficient info.
C. Keep sentences short; be wary of conjunctions, commas, and semi-colons.
iii. Give background info in the first few paragraphs. Don't go into detail--when in doubt, leave it out.
iv. Quotations are invaluable. Always give source, and quote exactly.
v. Be sure your article is balanced. It's fine to report opinions, but be sure you get the fullest spectrum possible--and your own opinions don't count.
ii. Do more than sum up--write about possible implications or future developments of your topic.