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Interviewing tips

When we talked about interviewing, I used to show a Pew Center for Civic Journalism videotape on conducting better interviews. It’s titled “Interviewing: New Questions, Better Stories.” Now you can find it online on Vimeo at

TBoxlogoThis video demonstrates how you can develop more complete and accurate stories by asking better questions and by listening for patterns of thought, instead of just listening for good quotes. And it suggests one general type of question that you can use to improve almost any interview.

Frankly, I wish someone had taught me this stuff back when I was working as a reporter. Check it out.


NPR link updated

I heard from a couple of you this morning about a non-working link to “Fresh Air” on the Assignments page of this blog (see Blog Post 6 — NPR interview analysis assignment).

Thank you for letting me know — I’ve updated the link. (

However, I also want to respond to one comment I received about this: “The NPR Radio link under the resources page does not work, therefore I cannot complete this assignment.” Seriously? I assume that you are all web savvy enough and resourceful enough to do a quick Google search for “Fresh Air” and NPR.” If not, you might want to consider another field of study. Seriously.

Resume resources

resumeSince you’re working on resumes and cover letters this week, I’ve added some resume-writing links to the Texts/Resources page of this blog. You’ll find them listed under the heading Samples & Examples.

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