How to Write a Vox Pop Article


Writing a vox pop article--meaning Vox Populi, or Voice of the People--is never easy. It basically means going up to total strangers and asking their opinion on something. It takes strength and passion for what you are doing, keeping in mind that your boss wants results rather quickly. Remember that people love to talk about themselves. It's human nature. We all have opinions, and all our opinions deserve to be heard. Here are some ways to get the quotes you need and write a super article from them.

  • Go to a busy place, such as a shopping mall or bus station. The more people around, the better the chances of someone actually talking to you. This also increases the chances of finding one actually agreeing to go on the record.

  • Choose eclectically--approach a mix of people. You want to get as many different opinions as possible.

  • Take notes and write down people's names before asking them questions. You will likely not remember who said what. Do not rely on a tape recorder. It will likely be noisy.

  • Ask the people about what they do for a living as well--this can add some color to the article, as it will give readers a sense of the kind of lives the "people on the street" live and how they view things. A schoolteacher may have very different opinions than a lawyer or a banker.

  • Incorporate at least one pair of views that are drastically different from one another in the article to showcase the varying opinions in society, as well as one that may be neutral or sound particularly interesting.

  • End your article with a "kicker" quote--a quote that really stands out. It may summarize the theme of the article and be one that the reader may find funny or thought-provoking.

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