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Who Are Your Sources?

Interviewing people is an important part of gathering information for a story. Think: Who’s an expert on the subject you want to learn about? Who might have an interesting perspective? Read up on your sources before you speak with them. This will help you come up with informed questions. When it’s time for the interview, be prepared. Have a fully charged audio-recording device, so the quotes you include will be accurate. Take a notebook and pens or pencils. Don’t forget your list of questions!

Junior Journalists, we want to know: Who are your sources? Make a list of three people you’d interview for a particular story. Write one or two sentences about why you’d like to speak with each person. Ask a teacher, parent, or guardian to send your list to us at or to email it to It might be featured on our website or show up in an issue of TIME for Kids!

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