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ERIC Number: ED558564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-14
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
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Interviewing Children: Reporter Guide
Carr, Sarah
Education Writers Association
Interviewing children is a critical element of the education reporter's daily work. However, practices for gaining access and avoiding harm and embarrassment vary widely depending on the news organization and individual reporter in question. This document aims to provide journalists with broad guidelines, but it stops short of advocating for the kinds of uniform policies to which academic researchers must adhere. These recommendations should be viewed as suggestions based on expert consensus and years of firsthand experience interviewing children--not as immutable rules. The guidelines can best be summarized by the maxim that Columbia Journalism School professor LynNell Hancock presents at the start of her education reporting classes: When covering children, first do no harm. [This guide was written by EWA Member Sarah Carr in consultation with Columbia Journalism School Professor LynNell Hancock, USA Today Education Writer and EWA Director Greg Toppo, Hechinger Report Staff Writer Sarah Garland, the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond. This guide was made possible in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association