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Ground rules are best set first

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog, Hazelwood, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

by Candace Bowen
“But of course that is off the record,” he said after my students had been interviewing him for at least 45 minutes.

In unison, 10 heads swiveled in my direction at the end of the row.

“What?” I stammered. “But … but …” And my mind screamed, “That’s not fair!” At the same time, I knew at least part of this dilemma was my own fault and one I should have helped my students avoid.

Third in a series

The post on interviewing ground rules is the third in a series of blogs that will run each Wednesday. Topics discussed, in order, will include FOIA, news literacy, journalism education, positive relationships with administrators, prior review, Making a Difference and private school journalism. We hope you will enjoy them. If you have other topics you feel we should address, please let us know
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