Interviewing tips

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Interviewing tips

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  2. 2. #1 Observe the interviewee as closely as possible. What are they wearing? What is around them? How do they carry themselves? How do they look when they talk about certain subjects? All of these become important when it is time to write a story.
  3. 3. #2 Do your research and know the topic before the interview.
  4. 4. #3 Know your angle before you begin.
  5. 5. #4 Come up with several open-ended questions about your chosen angle ahead of time.
  6. 6. #5 Schedule an interview time ahead of time.
  7. 7. #6 Introduce yourself as a reporter for Central High School’s Publication class before you begin.
  8. 8. #7 Always be prepared to ask additional questions based on the response of the interviewee.
  9. 9. #8 Think of the interview as a normal conversation. (Sort of like speed dating). The more relaxed you make the interviewee feel the better that person’s answers will be.
  10. 10. #9 End every interview by asking the interviewee if there is anything he/she would like to add.
  11. 11. #10 Be sure to thank the interviewee for their time.

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