Questions and Answers
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Journalists the world over debate how many questions to bring to an interview—if any. If journalism is all about stories, then interviewing is all about the conversations that lead to those stories. An interviewer's goal is to see in words, facts and information, opinions and quotes. The most successful print or multimedia interviewers see an interview subject as the most fascinating person they might have met at a cocktail party, but one on which they have conducted extensive research and already know what information they might want to glean from talking with them. Question formation 101 revolves around the two major types of questions journalists can ask: Closed-ended; and Open-ended. There are few things more disconcerting then being asked a question, and the interviewer it is slumped in a chair, huddled over a notebook, and doesn't make any eye contact when the reporter are talking.