Learning the Basics of a Good Interview

Changing can be painful, but often times, it is not the change itself we fear, but the process that accompanies it. As one who has never conducted a formal interview for a story or newspaper, I find myself both intrigued yet reluctant to step forth into this aspect of journalism.

While I have experienced reaching out to people through email, and reading latest updates and events over the PA system for Baldwin High School’s morning announcements, I would imagine that this could not equate to face-to-face interactions and I am sure many others would agree. As opposed to communicating with sources electronically, an interview conducted in person offers journalists the chance to observe alternate components of human interaction; this includes the source’s body language or tone of voice,  details that would otherwise be lost or overlooked when contacting someone by email or phone.

As an aspiring interviewer, I strive to make those I interview comfortable within their environment, as I would want the same if I were put in their shoes. Though mutual respect is a crucial principle of a successful interview, it is still important to be our authentic selves while doing so.

I look forward to improving and discovering my strengths, but more importantly, confronting my weaknesses during my time in the Robert W. Greene program; I am very grateful for this opprtunity.

 

 

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