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Saturday, October 26 • 9:00am - 10:15am
The Fine Art of the Interview: Turning story subjects into storytellers

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Interviewing is the most essential tool of journalism, no matter the platform or style. Yet many stories fail before a writer ever sits down at the keyboard. They suffer from the question not asked, the detail not gathered, the description not noticed. We'll explore interviewing as both art and craft – a range of skills that can be learned and strengthened over time, and applied to different reporting situations. We’ll look at interviewing as more than the usual Q-and-A, but rather as a vibrant dynamic that elicits dazzling quotes and relevant anecdotes, and turns subjects into storytellers. We'll discuss the purpose of various interviews, and explore how the purpose shapes the approach. Time allowed, we'll do some troubleshooting around your thorniest interview challenges, from gaining access to asking that tough question. 

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Jacqui Banaszynski

Editor, Nieman Storyboard
Jacqui Banaszynski is an award-winning reporter and editor who now coaches, teaches and edits journalists around the world. She taught for 17 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, and now is as a Knight Chair professor emerita. She holds a faculty fellow position at the world-renowned... Read More →

Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Salon 1 and 2

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