Always Get the Name of the Dog is a guide to journalistic interviewing, written by a journalist, for journalists. It features advice from some of the best writers and reporters in the business, and takes a comprehensive view of media interviewing across multiple platforms, while emphasizing active learning to give readers actionable steps to become great media interviewers. Through real scenarios and examples, this text takes future journalists through the steps of the interview, from research to source identification to question development and beyond. Whether you are a journalism student or an experienced reporter looking to sharpen your skills, this text can help make sure you get all you need from every interview you conduct.

chapter |5 pages


Welcome to the Conversation

chapter 1|10 pages

Success Starts with Research

chapter 2|18 pages

Something about Sources

chapter 3|10 pages

Getting it Down

chapter 4|13 pages

Location Matters

chapter 5|19 pages

Questions and Answers

chapter 6|16 pages

Tricks of the Talking Trade

chapter 7|17 pages

Covering Sports

chapter 9|9 pages

Interviewing across Media

chapter 10|13 pages

Ethics of Interviewing

chapter 12|4 pages

Let’s Talk