On July 31, nine journalists in Jamie Flanagan’s Entertainment Coverage class conducted a Skype interview with Alanna and Jonathan Brown of The Rua, a British family pop rock band. The interview will be included in their articles about the band, which students will write through the course of the week.
“It’s a confidence builder to know that these international recording artists were eager and anxious and excited to talk to [the students],” Flanagan said. “They’re working journalists and this is going to go hopefully into their papers and onto their websites.”
Later this week, according to Flanagan, students will get a chance to interview another recording artist, country singer Ayla Brown.
Senior Anna Weigel said she enjoyed interviewing The Rua, and she is beginning to write a lede and gathering quotes for her article.
“I liked interviewing [The Rua] because it was a lot of fun and it was good to just see that they’re just like normal people,” Weigel said. “It helped just interviewing people in general and being less nervous.”
By the end of the course, Flanagan said his main goal is to instill confidence in the students.
“If you put some hard work in, do the footwork, you have access as a young reporter to everything the ‘big dogs’ do and you should be willing to go out there and put the work in to get it,” he said.
The students in the class will also learn how to write music, restaurant and movie reviews to enhance their entertainment writing skill.
Watch The Rua class interview below.