chapter  8
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Interviewing

ByBarbara Alysen, Mandy Oakham, Roger Patching, Gail Sedorkin

News is fundamentally about people, and it is people who are a journalist's main source of information from which to mould news. The process by which journalists get most of their information from sources is interviewing. Interviews can range from structured, live-to-air broadcast current affairs exchanges to the much looser lifestyle and human interest interviews heard on radio and television, to over-the-telephone conversations that are the way in which many reporters gather much of their information. Email interviews are also commonplace today, and are often preferred by busy sources who can respond in their own time. Skype has also become a regular method of interviewing, as it is both cost-effective and highly portable. Whether it involves a conversation or a contest, a confession or a confrontation, interviewing is a complex exchange. What all these circumstances have in common is that 138at least one reporter (sometimes an entire roomful) is questioning at least one other person with a view to obtaining information.