Mizzou JOURN 2100 - Interviewing (4 pages)

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Strategies and techniques for getting the most from your sources

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University of Missouri
Journ 2100 - News

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JOURN 2100 1st Edition Lecture 3 Outline of Last Lecture I Hard news leads II Soft news leads III Hybrid leads IV News alerts V Should you identify the subject immediately VI Inverted pyramids VII Nut grafs Outline of Current Lecture I Who to interview II How to be prepared III The setup IV Strategies Current Lecture I Who to interview a Identify the stakeholders in the story b Consider the order you should interview them in i Least to most important so that you are well informed for the most important source These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute ii Do you need sources to react to each other s comments iii Who to interview first to get the basic information c Be efficient Set up the interviews and knock them down II How to be prepared a Read clips about the issue and about the source i It stories have already been done about your subject what can you add to them why is yours different b Check public records for background information c Check local state and national media i Ex Factiva Lexis Nexis Library 2100 guide d Talk to fellow reporters and editors to see what they know III The setup a Try to get face to face interviews b Think about where the interview should take place What do you want to get out of the interview Do you want them to feel at home in somewhere they typically are or be in a neutral area c Tell people ahead of time how much of their time you will need d Ask up front about records photographers and videographers IV Strategies a Write down questions before i Build up to harder questions ii Think about how you are phrasing them and if that will elicit a certain response iii Write a script especially when the interview will be more difficult How will you approach asking the tough questions iv Don t be a slave to your notebook You can t write down everything You need to listen and ask follow up questions b Find common ground with subject

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