Die Kunst des Interviews

Kursnummer: 130364

Interactive Interviewing – An Entrée to the Soul?

The art of the interview too often is not taught in either schools or workplaces. But the interview is a fundamental journalism tool and the skills needed to be a proficient, clever and artful interviewer can be and should be taught.  I invite you to come with me on a journey through the myriad roles questions and answers take in our lives from begging to negotiating, from seduction to journalistic inquiry, from political leaders querying advisors to doctors questioning patients.

Who should attend this course?

Any journalist (or other professional who relies on interview as a tool) who feels less than 100% confident in his or her interviewing abilities. Discerning the difference between an interview that results in responses that are true versus answers that are obfuscation and lies is the test of the skilled interviewer, no matter the context.

What can participants expect to learn?

Questions do not demand answers.  The recipient of a question can ignore it.  Or answer with an oblique response that de facto ignores the question.  Or respond with a question back at the questioner, instead of an answer.  Many interview subjects are well trained – usually by journalists – in the art of not answering questions.  A gross percentage of interviewers will accept the non-answer and avoid or not bother with a follow-up question or a reiteration of the ignored query.  How to avoid that trap?

Among the other issues considered by the course are:

  • identifying high-value interviewees,
  • defying gatekeepers to arrange interviews, successfully interrogating interviewees (even those recalcitrant or media-trained),
  • accurate note taking with and without recording devices,
  • integrating interviews into narrative prose,
  • defending their work to critiques from unhappy interviewees,
  • interview ethics – coercion, intimidation, the buying and selling of access,
  • filtering questions and source vetting, the architecture of the interview setting,
  • unannounced interviewing – stalking, staking out, ambushing, and clandestine, the value of a formal news conference, and the talk show interview,
  • the power of silence as an interview tactic,
  • preparation,
  • interviewing across geographical, cultural, and linguistic borders.
  • Is anything ever really „off the record“?  When is it okay to change the wording of a direct quote?

About your trainer: Peter Laufer, University of Oregon, is an award-winning author, broadcaster, documentarian and journalist. He has studied and taught throughout the world — Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He sent home reports on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the wars in Central America for NBC Radio, reported for CBS Radio as the Berlin Wall fell, and chased butterflies in Nicaragua for his book The Dangerous World of Butterflies. An accomplished author of over a dozen well-reviewed books, Laufer writes on borders, migration and identity along with animal rights. He also reported, wrote and produced several documentaries while an NBC News correspondent, ranging in topics from the crises facing Vietnam War veterans to illiteracy and hunger in America, and a study of Americans encarcerated overseas for which he won the George Polk Award.

Peter Laufer on quote approval at derstandard.at

22.05.201314:30 - 20:30
29.05.201314:30 - 20:30
06.06.201314:30 - 20:30
Peter Laufer
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 18, 1030 Wien Anfahrtsplan