Interviews can be an important part of the news writing process. They are a great resource to gather information, get direct quotes and even give a personal touch to some of the articles that you are writing. How much information you can use from your interview will depend upon how good or bad the interview questions are. If you do not ask the right questions you will not get enough information to use quotes from the interview.
Here are some tips on how to conduct a great interview for those that are looking to use the interview in a news story.
Do Your Research. It is important to do your research. Research both the topic that you are planning on writing about and the person that you are interviewing. This will allow you to create informative questions that you can use in your news articles.
Create Thoughtful Questions. Questions that require some thought behind them will come out more sincere than those that are one word answers. Try to ask questions that require the interviewee to think about their answers and give you a lot of information. Not only will it give you more time to think of new questions but it will also allow you to capture an imagine of the interviewee that you can use in your article.
Break-up Long Questions. Try to consider what the response might be for the questions that you are asking. Try to only ask the interviewee one or two questions at a time. This will allow them to answer all the questions and get you the information that you want. If you need to ask lots of questions break them up and follow the interviewee’s answers with the other questions.