2: Interviewing techniques

Understanding and implementing good interview practices are at the heart of every credible journalist. They can be the difference between a mediocre piece or one that becomes a matter of national interest.

In this module, we explore how to structure your interview in step-by-step chunks, using narratives from experienced journalists who provide stories of past experiences and learning. You will know the difficult areas of discussion before you go into an interview.

We’ll provide you with some tips and tricks for tough interviews, preparing for them and dealing with conflict.

Tūwhitia te hopo. Discomfort or fear (yours or the interviewee’s) is not a reason to pull back. You are doing a job on behalf of the audience. You’re asking the questions they want answered. If you’re afraid of emotion, you’ll need to steel yourself and do a professional job. This is your moment to shine!

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