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Becky Carney
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Interview scenario


Interview scenario handout

Interview scenario

Becky Carney of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa.

Becky Carney
Franklin Regional High School
Murrysville, Pa.

Title: Interview scenario


This activity is designed to have students create open-ended questions, conduct a good interview, listen carefully to others, and write a good solid news story. It also allows students to be creative and make unique situations come alive.


Students will be able to conduct interviews and write news stories based on “”fake”” situations.


Handouts for each student (see related link, Interview Scenario Handout)


  • Students will receive the cover page of the actual assignment explaining that they will be involved in writing news stories based on a unique scenario.
  • They will then each be assigned a different character sheet explaining the role that he or she will play in the scenarios. Each student should receive a different character.
  • Then, students find the other two students involved in their scenario. The students in those groups of three will then create a story line that is developed from the scenario sheet for the scenario each is involved in. They will come up with specific facts that happened during that incident to be used later when people interview them about the happenings.
  • After all groups have their facts straight, pass out a different scenario to each student. It must be different than the one they wrote facts for.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to seek out the characters they will need to interview to get the facts for their story. Each student will conduct interviews with at least two characters in the scenario and write a factual news story on the happenings.


Be sure to have students turn in fact sheets, interview questions, and typed stories so you can check their facts. I grade based on accuracy, objectivity, and content.

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