Interviews are integral to good journalism. They provide more than just additional voices; they provide facts, expertise, balance, depth and credibility.
They also breathe life into information that might otherwise fall flat. Interviews:
• Improve your stories (by providing atmosphere and making them more interesting).
• Teach you a lot (by providing background).
• Build credibility (by giving various stakeholders' points of view).
• Make your stories fairer (by providing balance).
The details that jump out of a story (and stick in your mind) are usually the results of an interview. A description of a child's face or the scene at a local soup kitchen or construction site - these pictures, verbal or actual, are what make stories come alive. If you're able, try to capture whole scenes in your notes: sights, sounds and smells as well as the answers to questions that you jot down or record.
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