* Where do ideas come from? * Newspapers, Magazines and websites * Twitter (look at what‟s trending) * Talking and listening to people * Keeping our eyes open* Where can we find things out from? * Online (but be careful) * The News media Don‟t just jump at first idea or thought but think about what it * Books really means and what it means to * People your audience
* Why do you want to do an interview?* What do you hope it will add to your feature or programme?* What‟s the best way to record it?* What do you need to know first?* What kind of approach do you need to use?Question: why might wewant to put an interviewinto our feature, podcastor programme?
* Information – we need to find something out* Knowledge – we want to learn something* Perspective – we want someone‟s opinion or point of view* Evidence – we need to prove or demonstrate something* Stories – we want to hear their experience* PR – your guest wants to promote something* Entertainment – the guest is there as part of the fun
* Live in the studio* Live „down-the-line‟ or * Informative over the „phone * Confrontational* Live reporter on location * Probing (Outside Broadcast) * Opinion* “As live” in a studio or on location * Emotional* Pre-recorded and edited * Calling to account* Recorded for use in a package or feature
* What * What do you think of….* When * When did you first….* Why * What did you decide to…* How * How long have you been….* Who * Who influenced you to…* Which * Which part of the experience did you enjoy…
* What do you need to ask? * Know how you‟re going to use it * Don‟t script questions* What do you need to record? * Do you need sounds? What does the room sound like? * Do you need something other than the interview?* What do you need to know?* What do you need to take with you? * Headphones, batteries, windshields* How will you get there and back?
* Of when it goes wrong… * Hardeep Singh-Kohli on BBC WM* Of good planning and research * The Mayor of Doncaster on BBC Sheffield* Of good questioning * Steve Hewlett on BBC Radio 4
* Do your research * Make sure you know your stuff* Don‟t script questions * Prepare your first and maybe your last* Have a „shopping list‟ * Know what it is you need to get * Be willing to rephrase questions* Listen * Listen to answers, pick up on them and follow up * React silently!* Check your kit and check the recording * Make sure it works!!!* Use headphones
* Think about the sound * Do you need sounds adding or taking away?* Be comfortable* Be close but not too close* Maintain eye contact* Brief the interviewee
* Are time limited * Ask fewer questions and interrupt* Require planning * Phone numbers and fixed time for the interview* Need an exit strategy * How will you end it?* Need a „Plan B‟ * What happens if…?* Need to have „reasonable precautions‟ * Will the guest swear, commit libel etc?
* In pairs….* Interview each other about a song, a band or maybe even a movie that matters to the other person. Find out why it‟s important, what it means to them and the story about how it came to mean something to them.* Talk for around 10 minutes and then edit it down to around 5 minutes.* Make sure you keep both the edited version and the original in your folder and personal back-up.
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