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Interviewing small business owners

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Episode 8 looks at a subject that is likely to come up with young journalists: interviewing the owners of small businesses. Here are some questions you can ask your students as part of a discussion.

  1. Where are some places you can find information about small business owners?
  2. How do you come up with new questions to ask someone who’s frequently been interviewed?
  3. What’s a good approach when your interview subject has never talked to the media before?
  4. The owner might be expecting a positive story. What do you say before your piece airs or is posted?
  5. Do any of you come from families that own businesses? What tips would you share?


  • Micheline Maynard

    Micheline is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post concentrating on business and culture. She has written about flooding in Detroit, tainted water in Benton Harbor, nationwide shortages of restaurant staff, and vaccine hesitancy.

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