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Talk to me : how to ask better questions, get better answers, and interview anyone like a pro / Dean Nelson.
ISBN:
9780062825209
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperPerennial, [2019]
Physical Description:
380 pages ; 21 cm
Contents:
More than instinct: asking better questions, getting better answers -- It starts in your head: deciding whom to interview and why -- Case study: where "clueless" meets "reckless": David Greene from NPR interviews Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders -- Then it goes to your hands and feet: hunting and gathering your sources -- Then you dig: what you don't know will hurt you -- Now you make a plan: pick a structure, but be ready to abandon it -- Just before you start: a few more considerations before the questions begin -- Okay, go!: starting the conversation and keeping it rolling -- Case study: an interview that started out well, went off the rails, and got better again: Chris Wallace of Fox News interviews former President Bill Clinton -- Don't avoid the hard part: what's most uncomfortable might also be the most important -- Case study: still a classic, and better than Frost/Nixon: Barbara Walters interviews Mike Wallace -- Before and after the interview ends: how to wrap it up well and how to ensure accuracy -- Note taking and recording: you probably won't get sued if you do this properly -- Terms you should know: we use these phrases, but what do they mean? -- Check your ego at the door: interviewing those you love and those you loathe -- Case study: an interview that started out badly, and pretty much stayed that way: Terry Gross of Fresh Air talks to Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Abstract:
Interviewing is the single most important way journalists (and others) get information. Yet to many, the perfect interview feels more like luck than skill- a rare confluence of rapport, topic, and timing. But the thing is, great interviews aren't the result of serendipity and intuition, but rather the result of careful planning and good journalistic habits. Drawn on forty years of award-winning journalism, Dean Nelson walks readers through each step of the journey, from deciding whom to interview and structuring questions to the nitty gritty of using a recording device and effective note-taking strategies, to the ethical dilemmas of interviewing people you love (and Loathe). He also includes case studies of famous interviews to show readers how these principles play out in real time.. --taken from back cover
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