Thursday, September 15, 2011

Interview Tips

PREPARE:
Think about what your story is about.
Have a good idea of the information you need to tell your story.
Create your questions, decide which you will ask, and write them down.
LISTEN!:
MHTV's Joan says the most important part of interviewing is listening...
Make sure you hear every answer!
Sometimes the answer will change your next question.
QUESTIONS:
Never forget the who/what/where which is essential for news reporting, but a great story always has unique elements that make the reader/listener/viewer feel "connected" to the story.
"A good Reuters story gets straight to the point and has all the main elements – including context, background, human interest, color and descriptive woven in from the top, not just tagged on as an after-thought." -- Reuters
These are a few examples of questions that might get the answers you'll need:
How do you see ___ changing/building/growing?
What are your dreams for _____?
Why do you love ___so much?
What's next?

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