Five Minutes of Fame, English homework help

Open your favorite magazine or webzine again. Think about interviews in newspapers and television/radio talk shows.Think about all the different ways interviews can be presented. Sometimes they look like script; sometimes they are funny or sarcastic; sometimes they have a photo-spread; sometimes the quotes are embedded, and the conclusions are more important than the person interviewed.

  • Look for all the different ways interviews are conveyed to audiences.
  • Think about how the writers/editors may have decided what to keep and what to edit out.
  • Think about how all the questions seem connected or in a logical order. Do you think they were asked that way?
  • Look and listen carefully for the analysis and commentary of the interviewer. Do they have an agenda or a message? What is it?

Give some thought to how you will present your finished interview to an audience. You may want to have someone else video-record your presentation, or you may want to take photos for a print layout. Look as some options below to decide how you will present your interview. You will choose one of these formats for your assignment. (Click each link to see a real life example.)

A. Magazine format

B. Newspaper format

C. Radio talk show format

D. Late night talk show format 

Once you have selected a format, you are ready to begin “spinning” the interview story into a finished project.

When you are done, submit your article, audio, or video recording to the Project: Five Minutes of Fame link.

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