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Now that you’ve got some ideas to kick around, it’s time to start making choices. Check out the following exercises and tips to begin crafting the first draft of your journalistic piece!

Ideas and Techniques

Research resources
It’s important to find out as much as you can about your subject before drafting an article. Being a reporter is like being a detective. Leave no rock unturned!

Asking good questions
Every journalist worth his or her salt knows how to conduct a successful interview. Here are some tips to help you interview like a pro!

Everyone’s a critic
Follow these prompts and write movie, music, and book reviews that will stand up to the harshest of criticism!

P. Diddy (PDF)
Read this celebrity profile of the rapper P. Diddy, then write your own profile of a celebrity whom you admire!

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