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Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook, 5th Edition by Robert A. Papper

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CHAPTER 10
image Interviewing

We gather much of our sound through interviews, so how well we do in the field and on the phone determines what we have to work with later on. AS with many things in life, the more interviews we conduct, the better we tend to get.

An interview is any exchange during which the news reporter or writer collects information. In radio, interviewing is most commonly done on the phone. That’s not nearly as good as doing it in person, but it’s efficient. Even in television, we conduct many—perhaps most—interviews on the phone. Even our calls to set up interviews are in many cases interviews themselves. After all, we need ...

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