Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers

Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers

Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers

Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers


A practical guide to all aspects of interviewing for print and broadcast journalists, and for writers. 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.


Almost every journalist has a horror story or two to tell about their first interviewing attempts—failing to ask questions, not listening to the answers, having a recording with no sound, or returning to the newsroom practically empty-handed are common disasters.

David Leser says that his first interview twenty-two years ago, when he was working for The Daily Telegraph as a cadet journalist, is still etched in his brain.

It was my first day on the job and there was an industrial
dispute and I had to call management and workers to get a
response. This was my very first call for my very first story
and I was so nervous that, when the person answered the
phone, I promptly forgot not only whom I was calling but
why I was calling (2001: 8).

Cadets’ interview training often consisted of watching a senior reporter for a few days before being let loose to sink or swim, despite the fact that interviewing is an integral part of journalism and professional writing. in fact, Ken Metzler believes that ‘good reporting is about 80 per cent interviewing’, and goes on to ask, ‘What is the point of being a good writer if you have nothing of substance to convey through your writing?’ (1977: 133).

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