A reporter who interviewed author Iain Banks is trying a journalism experiment: he's posted the source material from the interview online, along with the resulting article, and encouraged students to try writing their own version. Of course, I've always thought the hard part was the actual interview, not the writing, particularly if the person on the other side has done a lot of PR lately and has their answers all lined up. But maybe someone will find it helpful.
Speaking of Banks, the interview was prompted by his new Culture novel, Matter, which I just finished. It's not quite as good as Consider Phlebas or Player of Games, but it's a pretty good adventure yarn and Banks' writing is as sharp as ever.