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Interviewing Interviewing isnt just asking questions, Make it conversational Dont threaten people Dont be confrontational Dont argue Prepare.

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Interviewing Preparing for a news story Look at clips, facts, etc. Preparing for a profile Look for personality quirks, the persons interests, family, friends, habits Preparing for an investigative piece, You want to know both your subject matter and the person you are interviewing Preparing for a news story Look at clips, facts, etc. Preparing for a profile Look for personality quirks, the persons interests, family, friends, habits Preparing for an investigative piece, You want to know both your subject matter and the person you are interviewing

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Interviewing Interviewing isnt just asking questions, Make it conversational Dont threaten people Dont be confrontational Dont argue Prepare well for the interview Interviewing isnt just asking questions, Make it conversational Dont threaten people Dont be confrontational Dont argue Prepare well for the interview Interviewing Preparing for the interview Find out as much as you can before the interview Use the Internet, past articles, talk to other reporters, etc. Write your questions out ahead of time Preparing for the interview Find out as much as you can before the interview Use the Internet, past articles, talk to other reporters, etc. Write your questions out ahead of time Interviewing Preparing for a news story Look at clips, facts, etc. Preparing for a profile Look for personality quirks, the persons interests, family, friends, habits Preparing for an investigative piece, You want to know both your subject matter and the person you are interviewing Preparing for a news story Look at clips, facts, etc. Preparing for a profile Look for personality quirks, the persons interests, family, friends, habits Preparing for an investigative piece, You want to know both your subject matter and the person you are interviewing Interviewing After doing research, write out some main questions you need to cover. Dont ask a bunch of yes or no questions If you need to ask Y or N questions, ask follow up questions Dont ask obvious questions (How do you feel?) After doing research, write out some main questions you need to cover. Dont ask a bunch of yes or no questions If you need to ask Y or N questions, ask follow up questions Dont ask obvious questions (How do you feel?) Interviewing Ask good questions. Be logical. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader. Ask yourself what readers would want to know. Ask open ended questions and close-ended questions, which are more specific. Ask good questions. Be logical. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader. Ask yourself what readers would want to know. Ask open ended questions and close-ended questions, which are more specific. Interviewing Take a notepad, pencil, pens Consider using a tape recorder depending on the circumstances If you use a tape recorder, get permission first. Keep in mind that tape recorders intimidate many people and youre not likely to get as good of an interview. Take a notepad, pencil, pens Consider using a tape recorder depending on the circumstances If you use a tape recorder, get permission first. Keep in mind that tape recorders intimidate many people and youre not likely to get as good of an interview. Interviewing Set up an appointment if possible Be on time Dress appropriately Introduce yourself. State your name and publication you work for. Identify yourself as a reporter. Shake hands if appropriate. Set up an appointment if possible Be on time Dress appropriately Introduce yourself. State your name and publication you work for. Identify yourself as a reporter. Shake hands if appropriate. Interviewing Make people feel comfortable Be conversational LISTEN to what people are telling you Look at reactions OBSERVE your surroundings Make people feel comfortable Be conversational LISTEN to what people are telling you Look at reactions OBSERVE your surroundings Interviewing Start with an OPENER QUESTION. Ask a FIRST STEP QUESTION Ask a QUALIFIER QUESTION Ask ROUTINE FACTUAL QUESTIONS Ask NUMERICAL QUESTIONS Start with an OPENER QUESTION. Ask a FIRST STEP QUESTION Ask a QUALIFIER QUESTION Ask ROUTINE FACTUAL QUESTIONS Ask NUMERICAL QUESTIONS Interviewing Asking deeper questions: G-O-S-S-E-Y: G-Goals. Why does your school have a trivia team. O-Obstacles- Who is the teams greatest rival? S-Solutions-What are you doing from keeping beaten Asking deeper questions: G-O-S-S-E-Y: G-Goals. Why does your school have a trivia team. O-Obstacles- Who is the teams greatest rival? S-Solutions-What are you doing from keeping beaten Interviewing S-Start-How did your team get started? When did you first win? E-Evaluation Is this a worthwhile activity. What does it contribute to our school. Y-Why-Why are schools all over the country doing this? Why do students want to be on the trivia team. S-Start-How did your team get started? When did you first win? E-Evaluation Is this a worthwhile activity. What does it contribute to our school. Y-Why-Why are schools all over the country doing this? Why do students want to be on the trivia team. Interviewing LISTENING is very important during interviews because it may lead you to a story that you did not know was there. So if you have a list of questions, dont be afraid to vear away from them. ASK ABOUT ANECTODES- These are often the most interesting parts of stories. Anecdotes are little stories that people have gone through. LISTENING is very important during interviews because it may lead you to a story that you did not know was there. So if you have a list of questions, dont be afraid to vear away from them. ASK ABOUT ANECTODES- These are often the most interesting parts of stories. Anecdotes are little stories that people have gone through. Interviewing If you have a hard question or controversial question, SAVE IT FOR THE END. Look for a main idea or interesting angle during your interview. If you have a hard question or controversial question, SAVE IT FOR THE END. Look for a main idea or interesting angle during your interview. Interviewing Taking notes Write down key points Listen closely Look for direct quotes (verbatim comments you will use in your story). Dont use ordinary sentences in quotes. (Ex: sports coaches) Use quotes that are interesting You may also indirectly quote someone Taking notes Write down key points Listen closely Look for direct quotes (verbatim comments you will use in your story). Dont use ordinary sentences in quotes. (Ex: sports coaches) Use quotes that are interesting You may also indirectly quote someone Interviewing Take good notes If you are not sure of something or didnt get everything down, repeat it back to the source. If you need to review the basics of your notes with the source Take good notes If you are not sure of something or didnt get everything down, repeat it back to the source. If you need to review the basics of your notes with the source Interviewing Off the record You both agree to speak candidly without any note-taking. Trust is crucial. Info given should not be tied to this source at all. Everyone you were told is CONFIDENTIAL. Honor off the record You are NOT allowed to identify the source of your confidential info. No one should be told the name of this source. Off the record You both agree to speak candidly without any note-taking. Trust is crucial. Info given should not be tied to this source at all. Everyone you were told is CONFIDENTIAL. Honor off the record You are NOT allowed to identify the source of your confidential info. No one should be told the name of this source.