Tag: Interviewing

Interview terms

Most interviews journalists do are on the record, especially for broadcast. Seems obvious–after all, we usually show up with a camera! But there may be times when you have to make a deal with a source in order to get…

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8 tips for MMJs

If you’re working as an MMJ in your first job and think you won’t do it in your second, think again, says Heidi Wigdahl. She’s been in the business seven years, starting in market 153 at KTTZ in Rochester, Minnesota,…

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Tips on interviewing from Audie Cornish

photo by Stephen Voss, NPR

As co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Audie Cornish conducts interviews that are most often edited before they air. The goal, she says, is “a targeted conversation that’s supposed to unfold seemingly naturally over the course of several minutes. “The…

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How to shoot good vox pops (MOS)

Whatever you call them, “man on the street” interviews are a staple of TV news. Done well, they can reflect public opinion on important issues in your community. Done badly, they’re just a waste of air time. So how do…

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3 great tips for better TV stories

KARE-11’s Boyd Huppert is an amazing storyteller.  A workshop with him may be just about equivalent to a master class in TV news.  At the Excellence in Journalism conference, he shared some of the things he wished he had known…

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15 pieces of advice for journalists

Sometimes you stumble across something that’s just so good, you have to share it.  After spending a lot of years with interns and young reporters, the Arkansas Times posted musings from a columnist with 15 pieces of sage advice for…

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The importance of follow-up questions

News conferences are part of every journalist’s work life. Some reporters can’t go a week without covering several–largely because the newsmakers on their beat hold group sessions regularly but rarely schedule one-on-ones. It’s not easy to get good material from a…

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