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2nd Edition

A guide for journalists and writers

ISBN 9781742370941
Published November 20, 2020 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Good interviewing is the key to good reporting and great stories. It's a difficult skill to acquire and it can be stressful, but you can learn how to approach a total stranger and elicit information on a topic about which you know nothing.

In the second edition of this widely used guide, experienced journalist Gail Sedorkin shows you step by step how to manage the interview process. She explains how to prepare, and what to do when you don't have time to do any research. She outlines the difference between 'soft' and 'hard' interviews, how to use digital tools effectively, and how to make the most of any interview situation.

With tips and examples from leading journalists, and covering basic to advanced techniques, Interviewing is an essential guide for journalists, researchers and writers.

Table of Contents



1 The interview... 'Are you a monster?'

2 Research

3 Getting started

4 Breaking the ice

5 The questions

6 Print interviews

7 Broadcast interviews

8 Telephone and email interviews

9 Using the information

10 Keeping safe



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Gail Sedorkin has worked as a journalist on ABC Radio and for regional newspapers, and as a journalism educator at Central Queensland University and Deakin University, as well as for James Cook University. She is co-author of Reporting in a Multimedia World and Get Your Message Across.


'The quintessential catch-all of journalism interviewing with tips, techniques and tales covering all interviewing forms in one easy-to-read volume.' - Leo Bowman in Australian Studies in Journalism