Presentation week 4 interviews


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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.

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Presentation week 4 interviews

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