Category Archives: Interviewing – basic skills

Let’s talk at NYC13!

Your humble blogger will lead five sessions at the National College Media Convention, better known as NYC13, March 10-12 at the Sheraton New York. Here’s my schedule:

9 a.m. Sunday, March 10: Tough Interview? You Can Do It! Does your stomach ache at the thought of interviewing the college spokeswoman who always criticizes you? Or the campus police chief who doesn’t welcome your analysis of crime statistics? Or the student who just lost a loved one to combat or a tornado? Learn how to do these interviews while respecting your subjects — and yourself. Room: Liberty 1&2.

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What you can learn from Akin’s interviewer

It might be the least controversial issue arising from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. But it’s a good reminder for journalists, whether they’ve done one or 1,000 interviews.

Charles Jaco, whose television interview with Akin produced the comment, told Talking Points Memo he “dropped the ball” by failing to ask a follow-up question to Akin’s now-famous assertion. Jaco frankly explained the oversight:

“When you’re not 100 percent fully engaged, and you’ve got anything else on your mind, you’ll miss stuff.”

What did Jaco have on his mind? The same kind of things you may have on your mind in your next high-pressure interview.

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