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Interviewing for Journalists

3rd Edition

By Emma Lee-Potter

© 2017 – Routledge

210 pages

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About the Book

Interviewing for Journalists focuses on the central journalistic skill of how to ask the right questions in the right way. It is a practical and concise guide for all print and online journalists – professionals, students and trainees – who write news stories and features for newspapers, magazines and online publications. In the age of digital journalism, where computer-based research is easily available, this new edition seeks to emphasise the value of getting out there, engaging with people directly and building relationships to create original and meaningful media content.

Interviewing for Journalists highlights the many different approaches to interviewing, from vox pops and press conferences to news interviews and in-depth profiles. This third edition features brand new interviews with some of the most successful journalists in the industry, including Camilla Long of The Sunday Times, Heidi Blake of BuzzFeed UK, Brian Viner of the Daily Mail and award-winning freelance writers Cole Moreton and Stephanie Rafanelli. It covers every stage of interviewing, such as research, fixing interviews, structuring questions, body language, how to get vivid quotes and how to handle challenging interviews.

The third edition of Interviewing for Journalists includes:

  • advice on how to carry out face-to-face, telephone and online interviews;
  • tips on taking notes, shorthand and recording interviews;
  • guidance on dealing with different interviewees, such as celebrities, politicians and vulnerable people;
  • interviewing tasks to put your journalistic skills into practice;
  • a discussion of ethical and legal issues by Professor Tim Crook of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Communicating and interviewing: the basics (Section 1: How I interview: Camilla Long); Chapter 3: News interviewing (Section 2: How I interview: Justin Davenport); Chapter 4: Planning and preparation (Section 3: How I interview: Sheron Boyle); Chapter 5: The interview itself (Section 4: How I interview: Cole Moreton); Chapter 6: Interviewing techniques (Section 5: How I interview: Susan Grossman); Chapter 7: Vox pops and other interviewing opportunities (Section 6: How I interview: Wendy Holden); Chapter 8: The twenty-first century tools of interviewing (Section 7: How I interview: Brian Viner); Chapter 9: Interviewing by telephone, email, text and Skype (Section 8: How I interview: Heidi Blake); Chapter 10: Interviewing the famous – and infamous (Section 9: How I interview: Stephanie Rafanelli); Chapter 11: How to manage challenging, difficult or sensitive interviews (Section 10: How I interview: Dorothy Lepkowska); Chapter 12: After the interview (Section 11: How I interview: Emma Brockes); Chapter 13: Law and ethics; Recommended books and films; Index

About the Author

Emma Lee-Potter is a freelance journalist and editor, as well as a visiting lecturer at the University of Winchester. She trained with Mirror Group Newspapers and later worked as a staff news reporter and feature writer for the Evening Standard, Sunday Express and Today. She has written for The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Week and was a contributor to the second edition of Interviewing for Journalists. She is the author of four novels.

Tim Crook is Professor of Media and Communication, Head of Media Law and Ethics and Radio at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. He has worked professionally in radio, theatre, television and film as a journalist, producer, playwright, director and sound designer for more than 40 years. Throughout this period he has taught media law and ethics to professional journalists and students at all levels.

About the Series

Media Skills

The Media Skills series provides concise and thorough introductions to a rapidly changing media landscape. Each book is written by media and journalism lecturers or experienced professionals and is a key resource for a particular industry. Offering helpful advice and information and using practical examples from print, broadcast and digital media, as well as discussing ethical and regulatory issues, Media Skills books are essential guides for students and media professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN008000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies