The Art of the Interview

art of the interview

The Interview is arguably the most efficient and effective method of discovering facts and context, forming the heart of a great story.
Interviewing remains a bedrock skill for reporters. This one-day course is designed to prepare participants for interviews in all kinds of situations – the quick breaking news interview; the lengthy, evocative interview for a feature piece; and confrontational interviews that typical go with accountability reporting.

Walk away with an array of tools that you can apply to your next story. Acquire a newfound confidence in your interviewing skills and be ready to deal with any interviewing situation that comes up.

Learn the habits cultivated by the best interviewers and get to practice what you learn, on the spot.

Stephen Buckley has over 25 years experience in the media. He is the former Washington Post Africa Bureau Chief and Managing Editor of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, US.

  • To prepare interviews for different types of stories
  • Accurately take notes.
  • Be a good listener.
  • How to interview public officials.
  • How to interview ordinary people.
  • Interviewing for facts and context.
  • Interviewing for details.
  • Dealing with confrontational interviews.
  • Following up after an interview.
  • To learn an array of skills within a highly engaging and interactive environment.
  • To watch gifted interviewers in action and most importantly get lots of practice by doing role plays with fellow learners.
  • State of the art audio-visual equipment to support learning.

Journalists whose storytelling rests on their interviewing skills. This includes newspaper reporters, magazine journalists, and freelancers. This course is also relevant for feature writers, specialist reporters and news reporters.

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1 Day


Stephen Buckley
Professional Development


Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, 9 West, 7th Floor, Mkungu Cl, Nairobi, Kenya
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