Christian Castro-RR3-Interviewing

Interviews are a great source to bring a story to life. Reading from both Knight and Filak displayed how interviews are meant to play out. Knight says to be careful wording the story and not to overcomplicate things. He wants us to refer to the keep it simple stupid method (KISS) because it would be a waste of space to add more to the story and sound messy. Filak expresses good interviewers should always have multiple sources and do plenty of research on their interviewee, so no nervousness occurs.

In the past, I have always been the interviewee and this semester should be interesting to be the interviewer for both this class and my audio production class. I know from experience of being the interviewee it can be hard to answer questions on the spot and I even asked the interviewer to give me the questions in advance, so I could come up with the answers my interviewer was seeking. Of course, I understand that not everyone can have the luxury of doing so in an interview and everything is on the spot. I can also agree interviews sound more genuine and authentic when the interviewer puts the interviewee on the spot.

When interviewing someone you must be a “watchdog journalism” which means to be a dog barking out to alert readers to areas of concern and steadfastly guarding the public’s best interest — reading both chapters and from pages 148-152. I can say I’m going to use the method of conducting more than one interview with the same person to develop practice.


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