RedPill Posted January 29, 2014 Share Posted January 29, 2014 Hello all, I will be running an intensive Q&A series for a student newspaper I'm a part of(100 Q&As in one year). I'll be focusing on people related to higher education policy, politics, economics and administration. Does anyone have a set of videos from a reputable source or school that I can view to get the interviewing 101? I can't help to think that I'm missing out on key formalities. My first interviewee was a journalism major, and I kept wondering if I was doing something wrong. Any tips or advice would be great. A little bit on my procedure. I don't know if it's right or wrong, effective or not, ethical or unethical..it's just what I do. 1. I send whoever an email asking for an interview if they're local or a phone interview if they're not. 2. I try to address the fact that I'm WITH a newspaper and not just a lone student. 3. I tell them I'm recording the conversation which I later transcribe verbatim and then edit(fluff, not content..the editors do that) 4. I phrase questions as "we" or "our" because I feel as though it softens the process, and makes people say what they truly feel. For example, "The university has been very involved in economic development. What your office do to bolster this?" vs "We have been very involved in economic development. Tell us about what your office does to bolster this?" 5. I usually record on my phone..not sure if I should just buy a recorder.. 6. I dress like a student(khakis and decent shirt), I can't dress up for the interview because of the scheduling and volume of Q&As I have set for myself. 7. I'm good with people skills. I maintain eye contact. I try to keep quiet and not nod my head(bias). I try not to shuffle around, I'm polite. Full disclaimer: I'm a political science/biology major with ZERO experience in journalism of any kind. The first time I wrote an article was last week. HELP! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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