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Creative Interviewing: The Writer's Guide to Gathering Information by Asking Questions, 3rd edition

  • Ken Metzler

Published by Pearson (September 10th 1996) - Copyright © 1997

3rd edition

Creative Interviewing: The Writer's Guide to Gathering Information by Asking Questions

ISBN-13: 9780205262588

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This comprehensive book covers everything an aspiring interviewer needs to know from developing listening and observation skills to conducting interviews by electronic mail and surfing the Internet for story ideas. KEY TOPICS: Creative Interviewing aids readers by using examples and anecdotal accounts of actual professional experiences. Readers are provided with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for and conduct a strong interview, how to obtain dramatic anecdotes from sources, how to build conversational rapport, how to conduct interviews for broadcast, and how to cope with the dynamics of a series of interviews on a certain topic. MARKET: For any professional who wishes to improve their interviewing skills.

Table of contents

1.  What's Your Interviewing Problem?

The Obvious Problems.

The Hidden Problems.

2.  What is an Interview?

Nonjudgmental demeanor: The basic principle.

How journalists obtain information.

Illustrating the journalistic interview.

The creative interview.

The creative question.

Types of interviews: directive and nondirective.

3.  The Ten Stages of the Interview.

1. Defining the purpose of the interview.

2. Conducting background research.

3. Requesting an interview appointment.

4. Planning the interview.

5. Meeting your respondent, breaking the ice.

6. Asking your first questions.

7. Establishing an easy rapport.

8. Asking the bomb.

9. Recovering from the bomb.

10. Concluding the interview.

4.  Elements of the Interview: A Case History.

Defining the purpose.

Background research.

Planning the interview.

On the phone.

Some points to remember.

5.  Asking Questions.

Phrase your questions simply and clearly.

Open versus closed questions.

Sequencing of questions: the funnel.

Opening questions.

Filter questions.

Probe (follow-up) questions.

Factual questions: The five W's.

Conceptually defining questions.

Number questions.

Reflective questions.

Creative questions.

Leading, loaded, and junkpile questions.

6.  The Conversational Dynamics of Interviewing.

The value of research.

Scanning the literature of interviewing.

The place of the gentle question.

Nonverbal communication.

Essentials of personal communication.

7.  Being Interviewed.

Plight of the sudden celebrity.

Why be interviewed?

A national organization for news sources?

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