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A little help: I'm guest lecturing

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jim Tom Pinch, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Jim Tom Pinch

    Jim Tom Pinch Active Member

    I'm filling in at a friend's college sports writing class. My topic is interviewing.

    I have lots of ideas, but there I was hoping you guys might offer some suggestions.

  2. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I do this quite a bit...best advice I can give you -- go with plenty of examples.

    Doesn't matter if it's your interviews or other people's interviews. Should be some good, some that went bad. Students love hearing about interviews with athletes/coaches/executives that they've heard of.
  3. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Bolo ties are always a big hit.
  4. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    I'd agree. Anecdotes are always good. If you have a funny story about an interview that maybe didn't go as well, that can kind of loosen up the class. It'll make you seem human and show the class that they aren't expected to be perfect every time.

    My fave story is from 1995 when I was covering the beginning of the ill-fated Howard Schnellenberger era at Oklahoma. I got stuck on the press elevator after the game and was late to the press conference. I asked a question I was sure he hadn't been asked yet... Schellenberger frowned, put tobacco in his pipe, lit it, and growled, "Son, I just answered that question."
  5. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Tell the class to not be lazy in interviewing and never ask the "Talk about" non question.
    "Talk about the game ... talk about your childhood ... talk about whatever."
    Tell them to write a few notes on a sheet of paper of questions they must get answered. It's easy to forget so they should have some crib notes to check at the end to make sure they touched all topics that needed to be addressed.
  6. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Member

    Talk about interviewing.
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Talk about changing majors.
  8. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Good interviewing techniques here...

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