English 101 WVU Samuel Ameri Dean Interview Class is english 101 The whole project is about interviewing someone, I did a short assignment related to the t
English 101 WVU Samuel Ameri Dean Interview Class is english 101 The whole project is about interviewing someone, I did a short assignment related to the topic and now this assignment is related to them. I will provide notes that describe the project in two files (Please read them carefully !!!! ). I will also provide the previous assignment and what I wrote to help you answer these questions for this assignment. In your profile proposal, I would like you to answer some of these questions in a minimum of 300 words: Who areyou interviewing, and what is your story angle? What kinds of questions are you planning on asking? Are youanticipating any trouble spots with this project? What are you excited about with this project? Concerned about?to answer these questions, read the files. Lesson 2.1
January 29th, 2019
Goals and Objectives
Remind you of deadlines/requirements for Profile
Review concept of ethos and how it applies in this context
Discuss interview techniques
Your profile is due Friday, February 15th by 11:59 p.m. Just like the narrative, your profile should also be 4-5 pages,
or a minimum of 1,200 words. You can find more specific requirements on the assignment sheet, which you can find
under the “Projects” tab on eCampus.
To make sure that everything proceeds in a timely manner, I would recommend that you decide who to interview
and what your angle will be and brainstorm a list of at least 15-20 open-ended interview questions by this Thursday.
Ideally, you will complete your interview by the beginning of next week, at the latest. If possible, try to do your
interviews in person. If you are unable to do that, Skype, FaceTime, or phone are good substitutes. See the
“Interviews” section below for more info/tips.
Ethos is one of three rhetorical strategies we discussed last week. The term refers to the virtue or credibility of the
speaker. So, we might say that someone has a strong or a positive ethos if he or she seems like a credible speaker.
Take Lebron James as an example. James is a famous basketball player. He is exceptionally good at basketball, and
he is recognizable because of it. Have all of you seen Lebron James in advertisements?
Now, Lebron James is an athlete, so he has a good deal of credibility when it comes to athletic shoes, apparel, and
sports drinks. Marketers are betting that if Lebron James uses their products, consumers will too. Yet, how do we
explain James’s ethos when it comes to something like a smart phone? He doesn’t make them. He probably doesn’t
know more about smart phones than any of us. Why would makers of smart phones want Lebron James to be in their
Can you think of other current examples of ethos—positive or negative? Take a few minutes to answer these
questions. Then, shift your focus to think about ethos in the context of the profile.
When you think about the profile project, what does it mean to be credible? How can you establish yourself as a
credible authority on the topic you are writing about? Maintaining ethos can be tricky with this genre, especially if
you interview and write about a family member. If I wrote a profile about my dad and his career, and referred to him
as “my dad” along with other personal references/opinions about him throughout the entire piece, would people
think that is a credible profile about this businessman? Probably not.
So, if this is the case for you and your profile, you’ll want to be aware and cautious of an unintentional bias you
could introduce in the piece, as that could hurt your credibility with some readers. Bias means prejudice in favor of
or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. In writing a
profile about my dad, my language might express prejudice in favor of him as well as many different opinions on
how great he is and how hard of a worker he is.
In your profile, you want to be sure you remain objective and credible. How might you do this? You will want to
avoid including personal opinions and/or personal references to the interviewees. You want to write as if you only
got to meet and speak to this person once during your interview.
First—if you haven’t done so already—you will want to reach out to the person you are thinking of interviewing. I
uploaded an email template in this week’s folder, so feel free to copy and paste that email to send.
Second, as stated above, you will want to draft your interview questions as soon as possible. When crafting these
questions, be sure you start with the basics. Things like “Where did you go to college?” or “Where did you grow
up?” or “Why did you pick that major?” are good examples. Notice that most of these questions are open-ended,
meaning the interviewee can answer with more than a simple “yes” or “no.” You’ll want to be sure that many of the
questions you develop are open-ended, so the interview can move in the direction that it needs to, and so that you
can have plenty of content to work with. Begin with easy to answer questions and move towards ones that are more
difficult or controversial. The phrase “tell me about…”is great way to start a question.
Third, this profile project requires that you include direct quotations from your interviewee (we will talk more about
this later in the week). That said, it will be difficult to recall your interviewee’s answers word-for-word if you do not
somehow document them. Using a recorder with his/her permission and/or taking notes during the interview are
helpful strategies that will ensure you have plenty of material to refer back to. Most importantly, you want to make
sure that you are really paying attention during your interview. Be sure you maintain eye contact, ask clarifying
questions if necessary, and avoid interrupting the speaker unless he/she gets too far off track from what you are
looking to gather from the interview.
Lastly, you’ll want to be sure to personally thank your interviewee, whether that be with a hand-written note or an
email. (An email is always a great way to ask any follow-up questions you may have, especially once you start
writing). All of these skills are important and relevant for future interviews you will go to for jobs, internships, and
In your third journal entry, I would like you to reflect on the narrative project. In a minimum of 300 words, talk
about your process and address some of the following questions: What went well? What didn’t? What was difficult
about this project? What did you really enjoy? What do you think you might change for the midterm portfolio? What
questions do you have for me? Any concerns would you like very specific feedback on?
Thursday, we will talk more about angles and context. Don’t forget that your profile proposal is also due Thursday
night. You should discuss the interview questions you have come up with, your specific angle, and perhaps more if
you’ve already conducted your interviews. You can expect to have your narrative feedback within the next week.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Journal #3 (recommended deadline tonight)
If you haven’t turned in your narrative, do so ASAP!
Reach out to your interviewee and set up a time to conduct your interview
Draft your interview questions
Email me with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Goals and Objectives
Develop an angle for your profile
Understand audience and how that affects context/description
The angle is the particular spin you put on a story. Think how many articles you’ve read about college, for example.
It’s a very popular topic. But you might’ve read articles about how to afford college, or social issues on college
campus, or the most useful college degrees—those angles are what sets each article apart from the next.
For your profile, you need a strong, defined angle. This will make your specific interview stand out. Take this
example from the introduction of “Highway to Hell” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner:
In a part of New Jersey where snakes slither slowly across a road, still coiled and yet somehow still moving; in a
part of New Jersey where an insect that looks like a miniaturized bat sits on your windshield, menacing you while
you make a sound that doesn’t sound quite like you from inside your car; in a part of New Jersey with a
disproportionate amount of road kill in an already highly populated-by-road kill state; in a part of New Jersey
where your phone cannot, will not pick up any kind of signal; here, in West Milford, in the county of Passaic, lies
Clinton Road, a 10-mile stretch of haunted highway.
Right away, we can identify our topic—New Jersey—and the angle—the haunted Clinton Road. Your angle is what
narrows down your profile. So, if you’re interviewing your dad, it will be hard to cover his entire life story in four to
five pages. But if you decide to make it your angle to write about the time he went to Woodstock, then you will be
able to write an interesting, entertaining profile.
The angle will also define what questions you ask. You’ll want to ask open-ended questions (so, questions you can’t
answer with yes or no) and they need to be relevant and on-topic. So, asking your dad about his career as a lawyer
when your angle is his summer at Woodstock won’t give you too much to work with when you end up integrating
It is important to think about who you are writing your profile for (it’s not just for me!). Think about people who
would be interested in the content you are writing about. If you are writing about someone’s career path, you can
assume other students/folks interested in that career would enjoy reading your profile. When you establish your
audience, it will make it easier for you to include the necessary background information that will help your readers
understand more about a person or his business, or an event and where they can next attend something similar. Be
sure to brainstorm this key piece as it will help you sort through your interview content and help you to organize
Exploratory #4: Profile Proposal
In your profile proposal, I would like you to answer some of these questions in a minimum of 300 words: Who are
you interviewing, and what is your story angle? What kinds of questions are you planning on asking? Are you
anticipating any trouble spots with this project? What are you excited about with this project? Concerned about?
Next week, we will talk more about leads (or intros) and conclusions. We will also go over guidelines for the peer
review that is expected to be completed before submitting this paper. We will also talk more about integrating
quotes and citing your interview material. You can expect to have your narrative feedback by next week. Let me
know if you have any other questions!
Exploratory #4—required deadline tonight, Thursday, January 31st
Reach out to your interviewee and set up a time to conduct your interview
Draft your interview questions
If you still haven’t turned in your narrative, do so ASAP!
Assignment: For this assignment, I ask that you post it to your journal page and title it
“Brainstorm #1.” In roughly 150-200 words, start walking me through some of your initial thoughts
for the Profile Paper. This can include questions, general comments related to the project, and
topics you might be interested in developing further in your project proposals.
For my Profile Paper, I will interview Samuel Ameri who is the Dean of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Engineering Department in the WVU. Being the Dean in such a critical department, Mr. Ameri receives a
lot of respect from both the students and the department lectures. As a Petroleum Engineering student, I
look up to this man since he is knowledgeable about the industry. I chose the Dean of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Engineering Department because he is the head of our department and in the few times, I
met him few times, he has always said something that has encouraged me. I chose him because I would
like to know the person behind the prestigious title and also, I would like to know how he got to where he
is. Some of the questions I will ask him are; How did he get to be the Dean of Petroleum and Gas
Department in the university? What or who inspired him to take that path? I would like to know his
education background and also what his leisure activities are. Finally, I will ask him what he would tell
students aspiring to have a position like that.
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