Day Six: Storytelling: Interview Prep

News Reporter Academy camper Tristian Xiong listens to interview tips from Star Tribune TV Critic Neal Justin.

Students returned to the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences Monday for the start of week two of News Reporter Academy.

Students, who are now officially reporters on assignment, spent the day preparing for their interviews on Tuesday.

St. Thomas Newsroom Editor Jordan Osterman and Writer Amy Carlson Gustafson taught students how to conduct interviews, using the Humans of St. Thomas series as an example. They then turned students out onto campus to do a man-on-the-street interview with someone at St. Thomas.

In the afternoon, students met with Star Tribune TV Critic Neal Justin who coached them through networking and first impressions.

Here is the student reflection for Monday, July 15:

Samantha Butterfield – Anoka High School

Samantha Butterfield  – Anoka High School

Today in ThreeSixty we did a lot of preparing for our interviews tomorrow. I have a really interesting story so I’m very excited, and I’m also excited to see how other people’s stories turn out.

Neal Justin from the Star Tribune came and talked to us about first impressions. It was really helpful in giving tips about how to present yourself while networking, and also how to conduct yourself in interviews. I think that’s one of the most important things I’ve learned at ThreeSixty.

We also did “man-on-the-street” interviews. I felt really awkward approaching random people, and it’s definitely something I’ll need to work for in the future.