Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers

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"Good interviewing is the key to good reporting and good 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 this guide, experienced journalists Gail Sedorkin and Judy McGregor show you step by step how to manage the interview process. They explain how to prepare, and what to do when you don't have time to prepare. They outline the difference between 'soft' and 'hard' interviews, and show how to make the most of ...
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Overview

"Good interviewing is the key to good reporting and good 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 this guide, experienced journalists Gail Sedorkin and Judy McGregor show you step by step how to manage the interview process. They explain how to prepare, and what to do when you don't have time to prepare. They outline the difference between 'soft' and 'hard' interviews, and show how to make the most of any interview situation." With tips and examples from leading Australian and New Zealand journalists, Interviewing is an essential guide for journalists, researchers and writers.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Sedorkin and McGregor provide journalists and writers with a wide-ranging, detailed, and eminently useful guide to the art of the interview. From basic research to legal traps, they cover the subject fully. Newcomers to the craft will find this an invaluable book.” —Kim Lockwood, Editorial Online Training Manager, News Limited

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742370941
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,444,681
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Gail Sedorkin, journalism lecturer at Deakin University, is the coauthor of Get Your Message Across. She has worked for regional newspapers and ABC Radio. Judy McGregor is professor and head of the department of communication and journalism at Massey University. She spent 20 years as a reporter and editor of the Independent Newspapers Limited Group, and was the first female editor of a major paper in Australia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction vii

1 The interview 1

2 Research 32

3 Getting started 55

4 Breaking the ice 73

5 The questions 83

6 Print interviews 108

7 Broadcast interviews 125

8 Telephone and email interviews 153

9 Using the information 164

10 Keeping safe 179

Resources 194

List of personal and email interviews 200

Index 201

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