Many students misunderstand the OSSLT’s news report task.
Having had limited experience with actual newspapers, students default to the model of news reporting they’re familiar with: the live report. This leads to many news reports that are told in the present tense and in the first person.
These google docs describe a lesson comparing a video of an Ellen Degeneres’ interview with Brad Pitt to a newspaper report about the same interview. Comparing News Reports and Newspaper Reports Lesson Plan
The lesson plan links to an in-class interview assignment and a handout describing the OSSLT news report using writing traits language.