If you’re working with your staff on their interviewing skills, you might want to check out this video on how not to conduct an interview

There are lots of great ways to teach students how to interview, but some of the most effective lessons can be through showing them what not to do.

This video, posted by Laurie Folsom and created by Barbara Tholen, a journalism adviser at Lawrence High School, walks viewers through a sample mock interview between a student reporter and a coach — and it’s a hot mess.

It’s a great video to show your staffers and then have a discussion about afterwards.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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