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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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  • 1. Journalism In Practice Course No: MED 4005 Week 4: Interviews Dan Davies / Colin Palmer [email_address]
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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!
  • 4. Press Conference next week
    • Listening
    • Asking the right questions
    • Taking notes accurately
    • Checking details – spelling etc.
    • Getting names/places right.
  • 5. Today’s Lecture
    • Look at interviews – what they are for
    • Do some interviews – which will be part of portfolio
  • 6. 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)
  • 7. Why interview?
    • Give me some good reasons why we might need to interview?
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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