Why do we interview –

there is many different reasons we interview, some of which include:

  • You can only get so much from research and them methods
  • You can get a human touch to the story
  • You can challenge opinions and be controversial
  • You can bring the story alive with direct quotes

How do we interview –

  • Detail – start with what has happened
  • Opinion – get the interviewer to think about whats happened
  • Action – what is going to be done, what are they going to do

Types of interview –

  • Face to face – the best way of interviewing some, you can build confidence with that person, you can see there body language and facial expressions. See how there react to certain questions.
  • Telephone – A very common way of interviewing people. Always introduce your self to make the other person aware who you are, its illegal to impersonate a police officer. This way saves you time because you do not have to go and meet them face to face and it cuts that travel time.
  • Social media – This is another common way interviewing, but only write short stories because there can be a limit on  posts. This method also uses a lot lest time because you don’t have to travel to meet them.

Question –

  • Don’t ask close questions because this could lead to you ending the interview early and not finding out the right information
  • Don’t ask them more than one questions at one time, if you do this could lead to them getting confused and not telling you the right information.
  • Don’t be afraid to go off the original set of questions, be flexible and ask things that could be relevant to body language and facial expressions.
  • Always listen to them carefully so you don’t miss anything they have to tell you.
  • Follow up on anything interesting and try to find out more about it.

When meeting-

  • Be friendly and polite
  • Introduce yourself
  • Shake there hand
  • Be prepared
  • Establish control by been confident
  • Ask questions that the audience what to know, theres no point going on to another topic if nobly cares about it because then you are wasting your time you have with that person.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions if necessary because you may need to to find out the information you want.
  • Be sensitive to any situation that may need you to be.
  • Ask to repeat anything that you missed because you don’t want to be typing it up and not get what you went for, if you miss it ask them to repeat it.
  • Keep your temper.
  • Keep the convocation going, because it may be the only chance you get with that person.
  • Wrap it up if necessary, don’t waste your time or theres.
  • Remain polite.

Drying up –

  • Dont panic.
  • Refer to your guide.
  • Talk in general terms.
  • Go back to DOA.

Winding up –

  • Politely bring it to a close.
  • explain thats all the time you have if you are doing a live interview.
  • Always say thank you at the end.

Why is research important before and interview –

  • You ask relevant questions, don’t waste your time by asking random questions.
  • You can get good conversation starters from the research and its easier to start.
  • You seem more professional if you look like you know what your doing and it doesn’t make you seem unprepared.
  • It gives you background material for your questions and it could lead in to finding out more detail.
  •  Makes them feel at ease because they know you know what your doing and they are safe talking to you.
  • You may be going to a press conference and your going to need to know whats happening and going on.

If you don’t do your research –

  • Your going to look unprofessional and they are going to think less of you.
  • You may repeat something that is already widely know in the media already.
  • The interviewer may then feel uncomfortable giving you some information and therefore they could withhold it from you.
  • The interview becomes awkward and intern the whole interview becomes awkward.
  • They may not relax and therefore not give you new information or they may not want to carry on with the interview.
  • You then miss out on important facts because you have not researched.
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