Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

Many yearbooks end up with some space that it's up to the advisor/staff to fill up. Why not make that space informative as well as entertaining to look at? Consider interviewing a person relevant to the page in question and using their answers and photo to fill in some of that space. When interviewing, make sure to inquire about something that the readers of your yearbook will find informative or enjoyable to read about. Take a little time to prepare questions that will compel the subject to answer in a way that will tell a story...and not with one word answers! Some things to keep in mind:

Let the person know what the interview is for and where it will be placed in the yearbook. This will help your subject to answer questions in a way that is relevant to the page needing to be filled. Make sure your questions stay relevant to the same topic, as well.

Ask questions that will require the respondent to tell a story by describing an event or actions of a group.

Look for questions that could potentially have different answers from everyone you ask.

A good question is a question that has more than one answer. Anything that you could answer yourself based on facts isn't a great interview question.

Make sure your questions aren't 'biased' or urge the respondent to answer in a certain way.

Avoid double barreled questions, or questions that are a question within another question. It's often hard to answer both in a concise manner, making it harder to report correctly for you!

As a reporter, it is imperative that you quote interview questions and answers exactly when publishing them in your yearbook. Out of respect for the person that allowed you to interview them and for the integrity of your project, follow this rule.

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By following these simple tips and doing some research of your own, you will create informative, entertaining extras for your yearbook readers to enjoy.

Happy Interviewing!

The Idea Garden Team