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Introduction

Reporting is a process that includes three fundamental elements:

  1. Conducting research;
  2. Conducting interviews; and
  3. Witnessing events. 

This course exclusively foucses on the second element of reporting: interviewing. 

It is essential to conduct interviews when preparing to produce a multimedia story. Interviews enable you to gather distinctive information from primary sources such as experts, eyewitnesses or individuals affected by the topic in question. The information you collect from your interviews will help you create multimedia content that is original, authoritative and compelling.

This course covers the fundamentals of interviewing. By the end of this course, you will know how to:

  • Secure an interview
  • Prepare effectively for an interview
  • Interview well on the phone or in person
  • Source an interviewee in your article
  • Ask smart questions during your interview

After completing this course and conducting reporting for your story, you should take our course Drafting 101: Constructing compelling multimedia content to learn how to turn the raw materials from your reporting into a great story.

The course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Alright, let’s get started!

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Reporting 101: Interviewing fundamentals