Interviewing Children: An EWA Guide for Reporters

1 hour


Interviewing children is a critical component of the daily work of education reporting. Yet practices for gaining access and making the most of one-on-one opportunities vary widely among news organizations and individual journalists.

EWA introduces its new primer, Interviewing Children: An Education Reporter’s Guide, in this webinar. The guide’s author – veteran journalist Sarah Carr – shares insights from her own experiences on the beat. Also participating in the discussion are Columbia Journalism School Professor LynNell Hancock, who discusses ethical guidelines for talking with children in sensitive situations such as cases of trauma or abuse. Additionally, Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University, will discusses how reporters handled coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, as well as best practices for interviewing children in the wake of such tragedies.

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