Interviewing is the one of the most basic - and often the most intimidating - tasks in journalism. Some reporters are natural-born interviewers, while others never get entirely comfortable with the idea of asking strangers nosy questions.
The good news is that basic interviewing skills can be learned, starting right here. The articles here contain everything you need to know about the equipment and techniques needed to conduct a good interview.
To start, do as much research as you can and prepare a list of questions to ask. Once the interview starts, try to establish a rapport with your source, but don't waste your time.
But if your source starts to ramble on about things that are clearly of no use to you, don't be afraid to gently - but firmly - steer the conversation back to the topic at hand. Read more...
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