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Interviews: You may want to interview someone to get the facts. Here's what to do:

Make an . Call or meet with the person, tell them what kind of a story you want to write, then set a time and place for the interview.

questions. Write down the questions you want to ask. For example, "How long have you been working here?" "What do you like most about your job?" and "Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?"

Take . Take a small notebook and two pens or pencils to the interview.

Write it down. Take as the person answers your questions — you want to be sure to the person accurately in your story. It's OK to ask the person to repeat what they said or ask them what they mean if you don't understand them the first time. The main thing is to get it right.

Research. Use , dictionaries, almanacs and other reference materials to get the you need. More and more reporters are doing their research on the Internet. Research includes interviewing people — such as a professor or doctor or coach — who know the facts. And your research may be just your own  of an event: for example, reporting on the visit of a policeman and his dog to your class.

Writing the story. Start with a good — a sentence that grabs your reader and makes her want to read more. Write your story so that everyone can understand it. If possible, use quotes in your story to make it more interesting - for example, "The flames were so hot I thought my helmet would melt," the firefighter said. And remember to answer the questions Who - What - When - - Why - How.

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