"Moving Up" Interviews
by Jeff Bateson
** NOTE: Only take this Experience AFTER you have finished your write-up/presentation. **
Because much of the daily work of the journalist requires asking people for information, mastery of interviewing techniques is essential. As we learned, the 4 basic principles of interviewing are:
1. Prepare carefully, familiarizing yourself with as much background as possible.
2. Establish a relationship with the source conducive to obtaining information.
3. Ask relevant questions to the source and that induce the source to talk.
4. Listen and watch attentively.
Based on these 4 principles, you were then asked to practice your question writing and interview skills in preparation for your interviews with the 5th & 8th graders.