Although an interview should be more about the interviewee than the interviewer, the interviewer is also the one steering the conversation most of the time. An interviewee can take the conversation in a new direction with a topic they connect to their answers, but the interviewer ultimately is the one who has to lead the conversation.

Knight says to treat the interviewee as a normal human being capable of giving intriguing information. Otherwise, the interviewer can become too caught up in who he is interviewing and not the information he is receiving.

Knight also brings up the issue of bringing the story together. No one wants to read an outline transferred to paragraph form; readers want exciting sentence structures and information that will keep them reading.

Filak says to know your interviewee before you interview them. It’s hard to ask them questions if you haven’t done your own research first.

Profiles need more than one source in order to gather correct information, especially if that information happened a long time ago.

Watchdog journalism is where the journalist acts as a watchdog, alerting the public eye to certain issues–typically involving politics and/or people in power.


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