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The Art of the Interview

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A beginner's guide to getting the most out of talking to strangers. For journalism students and anyone who's interested in how to talk with people and come away with a story.

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The Art of the Interview

  1. 1. The art of the interview A beginner’s guide to getting the most out of talking to strangers
  2. 2. The first interview?
  3. 3. Fear itself
  4. 4. Research your subject
  5. 5. Prepare a list of questions
  6. 6. Make an appointment • Do this as early as possible • Email is fine for an initial inquiry • If no response; then call. If no answer, then visit her office.
  7. 7. The ethics of interviewing
  8. 8. Bringing back the story • To record or not to record? • What type of notebook should you bring? • Do you need to know shorthand? • Telephone interviews – Ease of typing – All the more reason to be careful recording
  9. 9. Special considerations
  10. 10. Special considerations • Direct quotes and indirect quotes
  11. 11. Special considerations • Direct quotes and indirect quotes • Fragmentary quotes when necessary – He said he would “go ballistic” if city officials tried to shut down his business.
  12. 12. Special considerations • Direct quotes and indirect quotes • Fragmentary quotes when necessary – He said he would “go ballistic” if city officials tried to shut down his business. • Off-the-record requests – Try to keep everything on the record – Ask what she means by “off the record” – How to handle ex post facto requests
  13. 13. The magic questions • Is there anything I should have asked you but didn’t? • Who else do you think should I talk to?

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