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Doing Q&As

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by boundforboston, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    What do people think of running Q&As in print?
  2. I'm partial or oral histories. ::)

    Q&As are (IMO) lazy.
    If you are a writer. Write. Get to the meat of the story and go from there.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Not everyone is a writer, right?
  4. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Like everything else, depends on the quality. I think the Rolling Stone and Playboy interviews have proven over the years that they can be tremendously entertaining and engaging. If they're written instead Q&As, same thing: If the questions are good, and the answers even better, they can be great reads.
  5. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    I enjoy reading them, by and large, and I've done a few myself that received positive feedback. Those were (I felt) special subjects that were best told in the first-person.

    However, I abhor the transcription process.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    The editing is crucial. The Q&A format is not an excuse for overly long quotes that say little. Cutting a Q&A is a craft.
  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    You may be from a small town, but you get it.
  8. Hey Diaz!

    Hey Diaz! Member

    Did a series of Q&As and they were pretty well received.

    Yeah, if you edit properly and trim the fat quote-wise, what's the problem? You're presenting the information to readers in a slightly different manner than your typical story and often transcribing is the hardest part of the process for the writer ... it's a win-win for both parties, IMO.
  9. slc10

    slc10 Member

    i have mixed feelings about them. They make good fillers for certain subjects but it isn't a cure all.
  10. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    It's not a style you want to lean on or depend on, but if they're done well, they can be excellent and insightful pieces. Limiting their use is the key. We typically do it once a year, maybe twice, but NEVER with the same person.
  11. Chest Rockwell

    Chest Rockwell New Member

    It's not lazy if the questioner is prepared, the subject is engaging and the demand is right
  12. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    They're best with subjects that can often be dry -- such as state of the department stuff with the local AD or similar administration folks. You can get all the info (When is that construction project starting? What's the focus this year for fundraising? What about that new NCAA rule/coach on the warm seat) out at one time, instead of 10 relatively boring 15-inch stories.
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