JOU 3109 Week 5
JOU 3109 Week 5 Jou 3109 C
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Date Created: 09/27/16
Interview Techniques Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:57 PM Week 5 Common Mistakes • Being too pushy • Writing a story without a source/witness = no credibility • Using social media as a source (Chris Colfer incident) • Asking yes or no/simple answer questions • Burning bridges = no follow-up interviews • Not having a backup/not being able to adapt Preparation • Bring paper/pen and cell phone/recorder; don’t depend on your memory • What are you hoping to get out of the interview • Questions that will maximize response • Be prepared to throw out your questions/rewrite them on the spot • Be comfortable out of your comfort zone • Be ready to talk to people at their worst • Your deadline doesn't care if you're not prepared Interviewing in Paths • Each interview question is another possibility • One question may take you in completely different direction • AVOID yes or no questions • What do you want your questions to lead up to? After the Interview • "is there anything you'd like to clarify or add?" • "is there anything in particular you wanted me to ask you about?" • Giving them a bit of power in the interview = better rapport • Follow up, develop a reliable source relationship Skill Sets • You need to prove yourself as an asset • Why should they keep YOU around instead of someone else? • Coding/computer science/graphic design • Data science/analytics Skill Sets • You need to prove yourself as an asset • Why should they keep YOU around instead of someone else? • Coding/computer science/graphic design • Data science/analytics • Strong business sense • Clear understanding of how all the pieces fit together Interviewing and Profiles • Set up interviews • On the scene interviews • Plan questions On the scene interviews • Who is there? • Observations • Get as much detail and information as you can • You can still get background Interviewing in general • Listen to your source ○ Base your next question on what your source said ○ Critical listening • Be quiet yet responsive • Listen to topics a source is avoiding Your Questions • Introduce yourself / what you want to talk about • Start with a non-threatening open question • Basics (who, what, where, when, why, how) • Ask follow-up questions • Verify information • Ask for other source suggestions Pros and Cons of Phone Interviews • Try to avoid them • Pros ○ Gives sources time to think about responses ○ Know you have a direct quote • Cons ○ Usually takes interview only one direction ○ Prevents the ability to base follow -up ○ Questions on what you previously said ○ Gives sources time to think about responses ○ Know you have a direct quote • Cons ○ Usually takes interview only one direction ○ Prevents the ability to base follow -up ○ Questions on what you previously said ○ No observation, no detail, no inflection Setting up an Interview via phone • Hello (person you are calling) • This is / I am (your name) from the (organization) • I am calling to set up and interview • About (what you want to talk about) • You can reach me at (phone numbe- r very slowly) • Say your name and email again Profiles • Focus: why are we writing about this person? ○ What makes the person newsworthy? Types of Profiles • Micro • Snapshot • Long-form Organization • Chronological • Point/counterpoint • Sections • Q & A