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CATV! That’s my husband, Chico Eastridge, trying out the techniques.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with the CATV video campers this morning, sharing what I know about the ~art~ of person-on-the-street interviews.

For the uninitiated, “person on the street” (more commonly called “man on the street”) is when reporters hit the street and ask the general public about their opinions on a particular subject, whether it’s politics, local happenings, the weather, whatever.

My No. 2 piece of advice: If you’re getting stuck with “yes” and “no” answers, ask “how” and “why” questions. It opens the door for people to expand on their opinions.

My No. 1 piece of advice: Prepare to get rejected. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s part of the job.

Michael Fernandez, 13, of Thetford, Vt., interviews Roanne Rogerson, of Plainfield, N.H., while Azzlyn Arnold, 13, of Lebanon, N.H., films in White River Junction, Vt., on Thursday, July 26, 2018, for a man-on-the-street interview as part of the CATV News Camp. Their topics included the weather, the closing of the Hartford pool and parking. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

After I left, the campers hit the streets of White River Junction and came back with three videos.

They asked folks about parking in downtown WRJ; the weather these days (shoutout to Valley News photographer August Frank, who took the picture above AND shared his thoughts on the weather) and swimming in the area; and something they saw recently right here on this website.

Here’s their work. I noticed a lot of “how” and “why” questions!! Excellent job, folks.