Young Professionals Studied the International Interview at the FJUM

From April to June FJUM hosted a group of journalism students from the
University of Oregon together with four Austrian journalists, meeting in Vienna to perfect the art of interviewing in an international setting. This course was lead by Professor Peter Laufer who holds the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The students were traversing Vienna and the surrounding capitals learning to extract stories across the language barrier. Stories are all around us and as journalists we have a responsibility to find and decipher those stories.

The interview is the key to unlocking the stories that rest beneath the surface. This attitude allows us to study the interview in greater depth, while providing the opportunity to debate the multi faceted issues of journalism ethics and grow as professionals.

Over the term the students were tasked with three written interview assignments in which they used their knowledge of the city to seek out people who have interesting stories that fall within certain prompts. Additionally students spent a day in Bratislava and Győr each, tasked with finding and reporting a story under the pressure of a deadline and a linguistic challenge. At the end of the course students were crafting a feature story based upon a main interview supported by four ancillary interviews.


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