Rethinking How You Interview for Sound

Deborah Potter recently posted some great advice on conducting interviews for good audio.  One of her suggestions include making observations instead of asking specific questions.  (Does this sound familiar to anything we’ve discussed in class about interviewing?) She points out that this elicits more conversational responses, instead of fragmented one or two word responses.  She also suggests asking two-part questions, such as “Who are you and what are you doing?” In this way, you get your source to introduce not only him or herself, but also the subject matter without you necessarily having to add narration.  Try both of these techniques the next time you collect audio.

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About Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

I am the journalism program coordinator at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, as well as the adviser to The Skyline View.

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