Good interviews don’t happen just by chance. They require both a great deal of planning and spontaneity. The resources and tips below should help you conduct the best interviews possible for your projects.
- Interviewing handout–distributed in class
- General interviewing tips from Radio Diaries
- General handout on writing good questions (notice the different kinds of questions here–getting stories, getting “flavors,” etc.
- Great questions from Storycorps (these do not apply directly to your project, but some of the questions could be modified to fit your needs…for example, instead of asking”what are you most proud of in life, you might ask “what are you most proud of with this program?”)
The above items relate mostly to formal interviews you will conduct with specific individuals connected to your project (the director of the program, etc.). Nearly all of you will also want to record roughly 10 brief interviews with individuals part of the group, using the facility, etc. Basically, you’ll approach people and ask them two or three brief questions (e.g., “what makes this event special for the community?” or “how do you feel about being part of _________?”).
The link below relates to video, but provides helpful tips for conducting quick informal interviews.
- Conducting Vox Pops (short, informal “person on the street” interviews)