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Creative Interviewing The Writer's Guide to Gathering Information by Asking Questions

ISBN-10: 0205262589
ISBN-13: 9780205262588
Edition: 3rd 1997 (Revised)
Authors: Ken Metzler
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Book details

List price: $133.60
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/10/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This comprehensive book covers everything an aspiring interviewer needs to know from developing listening and observation skills to conducting interviews by electronic mail and surfing the Internet for story ideas.Creative Interviewing aids readers by using examples and anecdotal accounts of actual professional experiences. Readers are provided with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for and conduct a strong interview, how to obtain dramatic anecdotes from sources, how to build conversational rapport, how to conduct interviews for broadcast, and how to cope with the dynamics of a series of interviews on a certain topic. For any professional who wishes to improve their interviewing skills.

What's Your Interviewing Problem?
The Obvious Problems
The Hidden Problems
What is an Interview?
Nonjudgmental demeanor: The basic principle
How journalists obtain information
Illustrating the journalistic interview
The creative interview
The creative question
Types of interviews: directive and nondirective
The Ten Stages of the Interview
Defining the purpose of the interview
Conducting background research
Requesting an interview appointment
Planning the interview
Meeting your respondent, breaking the ice
Asking your first questions
Establishing an easy rapport
Asking the bomb
Recovering from the bomb
Concluding the interview
Elements of the Interview: A Case History
Defining the purpose
Background research
Planning the interview
On the phone
Some points to remember
Asking Questions
Phrase your questions simply and clearly
Open versus closed questions
Sequencing of questions: the funnel
Opening questions
Filter questions
Probe (follow-up) questions
Factual questions: The five W's
Conceptually defining questions
Number questions
Reflective questions
Creative questions
Leading, loaded, and junkpile questions
The Conversational Dynamics of Interviewing
The value of research
Scanning the literature of interviewing
The place of the gentle question
Nonverbal communication
Essentials of personal communication
Being Interviewed
Plight of the sudden celebrity
Why be interviewed?
A national organization for news sources?
Interviewee preparation
Interview gamesmanship
Final Points
Planning Your Interview
Planning starts with purpose
Requesting an appointment
Do your homework
Assessing character and interests
Preparing areas of inquiry
Anticipating answers
The game plan
Keep your plans flexible
A planning footnote
Lessons from Failure
Learning to Listen
Aggressive listening
How to become a professional listener
Journalistic Observation
The new research requirements of "literary journalism
"Three types of journalistic observation
What to observe
Interviewing for Quotes and Anecdotes
Learning to recognize quotations
Interviewing for quotations
Eliciting the elusive anecdote
Telephoning, Note Taking, and Taping
Interviewing by telephone
Taking notes
Using tape recorders
Special Problems
Hard-to-get interviews
Asking sensitive questions
Accuracy
Coping with hostility
Are they telling the truth?
Nudging hazy memories
Evasive respondents
Off the record
The news conference
What will you write about me?
The boring respondent
When you're unprepared
Electronic Aids to Interviewing
The E-mail interview

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