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Junior Volunteer program teaches how to conduct an interview

DeKalb County History Center’s Junior volunteers will learn how to conduct an interview at their next meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.
DeKalb County History Center’s Junior volunteers will learn how to conduct an interview at their next meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

Last year, the DeKalb County History Center worked with students throughout the county to conduct interviews connected to the “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit as part of a Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Stories: YES grant.

This project is continuing this year and the final product will be featured in the new History Center exhibit planned to open in April. Interested students are encouraged to attend the Junior Volunteer meeting Nov. 13 to learn about conducting interviews with WNIJ’s Sarah Jesmer.

Jesmer is a reporter and producer at WNIJ Northern Public Radio. She’s covered stories related to social and criminal justice, current events and agriculture since spring 2018. She’s a DeKalb resident, a Canadian American, and loves people-focused journalism. She acts as editor for select WNIJ interns and has helped teach audio workshops to beginners.

Junior Volunteers will be introduced to the principles and ethics of public radio, the basic practices of planning and gathering news stories, and recording and producing those stories for broadcast. The Junior Volunteers will then apply these skills as they plan and conduct interviews connected to the history center’s next exhibit.

The Junior Volunteer meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the DeKalb County History Center, 1724 N. Main St., Sycamore. This program is open to students throughout DeKalb County in fifth through 12th grade.

For information, call 815-895-5762 or email michelle@dekalbcountyhistory.org.

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