Interactive Interviewing

Kursnummer: 10917

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.

Interviewing is an essential skill in a journalist’s work, but leading good interviews is tricky. Some 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?


What you can expect to learn:

  • 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

How this course is scheduled:

Block 1: Preparation. Setting. Asking the right question. Discussing famous interviews.

Block 2: Practising Interviews. Feedbacks

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.

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.

Peter Laufer on quote approval at (02.05.2013)

03.04.2017 - 04.04.201710:00 - 17:00
490, für Freie und Studierende -50%
Peter Laufer
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 18, 1030 Wien Anfahrtsplan