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Interview outline

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by usa87gt, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. usa87gt

    usa87gt New Member

    My editor wants me to do a outline for a interview/exclusive that iam going to be doing.What sould it look like format,etc...
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Did you ask him?
  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Perhaps the most vague of all the vague questions ever posed here.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    This post comes from the person who asked if a 15-year-old can get credentials to a game.
  5. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Outline what you are going to do the interview about?

    Don't know what questions to ask? What do you want the story to be about? Ask questions that someone who is reading the story might be interested in.
  6. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    If you actually do this, I think you might be the first journalist ever to outline an interview.
  7. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Nothing wrong with having a list of questions, notes before an interview, but you had better be flexible. If you're simply reading a list of questions like a robot, you're subject will probably give robotic answers.
  8. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Take a piece of paper -- or a Word document -- and set up a list of 10 possible questions for the main subject in your piece. Once you're done with all 10, go through them and come up with possible follow-ups for any you think would add a little more color to your story.

    Your editor, and I suggest asking him or her because, ultimately, only he or she knows the correct format, probably just wants to see that you're on the right track. The format, my guess, isn't the important part. The ideas are.

    I'd use this format:

    1. What/Who inspired you?

    A. When you first saw him, what was your impression?

    2. ...

    3. ...

    4. ...

    5. ...
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