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A delivered to undergraduates studying Journalism in Practice at Birmingham City Uni. The course covers all aspects of journalism by giving them plenty of practice. This week we look at interviews.

A delivered to undergraduates studying Journalism in Practice at Birmingham City Uni. The course covers all aspects of journalism by giving them plenty of practice. This week we look at interviews.

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    • Journalism In Practice Course No: MED 4005 Week 4: Interviews Dan Davies / Colin Palmer [email_address]
    • Task Submission
      • Only two more tasks to go!
      • You should be finding people who you trust to read your work
      • If you want Dan to read you have to ask
      • For Moodle - ideally like you to include“Your name: Task number MED 4005” in the title of the doc
      • If you want me to comment either:
      • Print out and bring to the lesson
      • Or send to journalisminpractice@gmail.com
    • It’s not the end!
      • You still have a chance to revise your work
      • Final deadline date is 9th March
      • The task needs to be submitted in the lesson is NEXT WEEK!
    • Press Conference next week
      • Listening
      • Asking the right questions
      • Taking notes accurately
      • Checking details – spelling etc.
      • Getting names/places right.
    • Today’s Lecture
      • Look at interviews – what they are for
      • Do some interviews – which will be part of portfolio
    • Diving in feet first
      • Split up into pairs
      • Interview each other: “What did you do last weekend?”
      • Allow five minutes each.
      • Take notes on computer on in a notebook
      • Write an intro, second par and finish with quote (10 minutes)
    • Why interview?
      • Give me some good reasons why we might need to interview?
    • Interviewing Chat
      • It’s important that the interview appears informal
      • Relaxes the interviewee – disarms
      • Get information out that might not otherwise get
      • Maybe talk off the record first so that you can explain what you want – useful for “one take” particularly in TV or Radio
    • Reluctant interviewees
      • You may need to agree to talk off the record at first so that you can explain what you want.
      • Explain what the story is about and what you are expecting of them.
      • If they wish to talk off the record run through what you understand that they are saying and ask if it is fair to quote them officially on any point.
      • Try to persuade them but in general you need to stick to “off the record” agreements
    • Other Ways To Sway Them
      • If they are just being shy / false modesty / not just me you need to speak to everyone in the street – cajole/bully/flirt with them.
      • If they are a victim tell them you won’t do anything without their say-so.
      • If it is controversial tell them you are doing a story anyway and this is their chance to put their side of the story.
    • Vox Pops
      • A Vox Populi means “voice of the people”
      • Often used by journalists to get a measure of what “the public” think
      • Usually consists of one key question so that the answers can be formalised
      • Can be hard work - need to be confident and assured
    • Vox Pop Task
      • Go through newspapers and find a subject to ask a vox on (5 mins)
      • Must be something people are likely to know about
      • Needs to be an open question
      • Go out and get 4 Vox Pops - 1 student only
      • Collect direct quotes
      • 1 hour (including break)
      • Return and write up in last 30 mins