When kids are the subject,
time should be the watchword
No matter how nice I am, or how much I try to get them to warm up to me, children get stiff and shy when I interview them for stories. How can I get children to give me more than a shrug or a nod? -- Tired of the Cold Shoulder
The best stories I’ve seen about kids have come about when reporters take the time to blend into the background, to watch and listen as the kids do whatever it is they are doing, naturally, unselfconsciously.
Key here is taking the time. What if you just don’t have the time? Then it’s probably better if you don’t hold the page open for that one riveting quote from your local 10-year-old. It very well might not happen.
Important note: Remember to always get a parent’s (or school’s) permission before talking to a child.
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