Intergenerational Interview Opportunity for student reporters

Intergenerational Interview Opportunity for student reporters


I want to pass on a unique opportunity for student reporters.

One of my students is working on a pitch for a magazine and she wants to invite students across the country to join her in her venture.

Her pitch topic is “The Future is MS. – Thanks to the Past.”

Here’s her inspiration: 100 years ago the 19th constitutional amendment was ratified, allowing the first US women to vote. Today, the fight for gender equality continues. To move forward, however, we must not forget where we came from. I am in the process of working with fellow teenage girls to interview women in retirement homes around my community. Their stories are ones that are often overlooked and deserve to be shared with a wider audience.

The final product should be 2-ish paragraphs about your interview subject- try to pick one story and focus on that.

The questions below are intended to help you find a story that will work. *Try to ask questions that will get you life stories as opposed to short responses- Please add any other questions you think would fit!

*Also: a picture of you interviewing the person or of the person themselves would be AMAZING- We are going to put the profiles on Instagram in a format like this

  • Tell me about a time women were treated differently than men at your school/work.
  • Why is it important for women to vote?
  • Who inspires you?
  • If you could say one thing to today’s teenage girls, what would it be?
  • Tell me about a time you have experienced sexism
  • On the basis of gender equality, what has changed during your lifetime?
    • What still needs to change?
  • As a kid were you encouraged/discouraged from participating in certain activities?
  • Was gender equality talked about in your home growing up?
  • Have you ever been harassed due to being female?


*Get permission to quote the person you are interviewing and/or to share their photo on social media on your voice recording*

Send completed work to: [email protected]

Thank you for passing on this opportunity to some of your motivated students!
Leslie Thompson, CJE

Adviser, CHS Student Media