Week 5 – 1. Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a news report

a. Interview two people you know about one of the following topics:

1) “The things that are most important to me”; or

2) “My greatest passion is…”

b. Write a short news story (posted to your blog) based on these interviews (no more than 500 words).

c. Then take a photo of each of your interviewees and post a photo of each to Twitter with a one sentence grab from the interview.

David and Debbie Bishop both sat down today to chat about their greatest passions in life.

Debbie, aged 49, said that she was so passionate about teaching, that she had a career change after 20 years as a nurse, to become a high school teacher.

 

“I love the chance that I get to connect with young people,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to be able to be someone who helps them to develop into wonderful young adults.”

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Debbie cannot recall a significant moment in her life when she suddenly knew that she was passionate about teaching, but she said that there are certain moments that remind her why she loves it so much.

“That first time that you can see the little light bulb light up and the kid gets it,” she said.

“Or sometimes it’s when they ask questions and you know that they are genuinely wanting to know more.”

Unfortunately though, there are always some negatives that come with the job. Debbie says that there are some days where she feels as though she has failed.

“Sometimes a few kids slip through without me managing to find the ability to connect with them.”

“It’s in those moments that I feel like I’ve failed them.”

But despite those harder moments, Debbie says she wouldn’t change her job for the world.

“I love what I do. I get up every day and I’m excited to go to work because I’m just so passionate about teaching the kids.”

On the other end, is David, aged 47, who finds his passion in his hobby rather than his career.

He said that old cars – especially hot rods – and automotive restoration have always been the thing that he is most passionate about.

“I love to see how the investment of time and design results in an enhanced vehicle,” he said.

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David says that he can remember the specific moment at which his passion was born.

“At the age of 11, I saw a movie that had cars in it that were very different from what I was used to, and so I decided to pursue finding out about those particular cars,” he said.

“I then went a step further and became involved in restoring them.”

David said that the second defining moment was his first ride in one.

“In Sydney, I had the opportunity to drive a historic car, and it just sealed the deal for me,” he said.

However, like Debbie, David had said that he also finds that he has some trouble with his passion.

“Cost is definitely a big factor,” he said.

“The disparity of when you have the time you don’t have the money, and when you have the money, you don’t have the time.”

David said that his passion for cars is very strong, and he will have it till the day he dies.

“There’s just nothing quite like the ecstatic feeling of driving a hot rod.”

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