Do you need to interview someone but don’t know where to start? Do you want to create great interviews that attract audiences and listeners? Are you a podcaster, blogger, journalist, or academic researcher looking to improve your interviewing skills?
The interview is a staple of podcasting and journalism today, but it's often badly done. Most interviewers are making key mistakes that are limiting the potential of their interviews. In this course, learn to illuminate a new topic, tell someone's amazing story, and stand out from the millions of interview recordings on the Internet – without ever having to go to journalism school.
Learn those problems – and how to correct them – in this course taught by an experienced journalist and writing professor.
The course moves logically through the interview process, including these important topics:
The course also explains the importance of using interview recordings to create an online following of fans, which is vital for marketing a product or service.
If you're new to interviewing, the course also provides information on microphones and recording software to get started on interviewing people in-person and online.
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Identify the right people for your purpose.
Tips on who to pick for an interview.
Knock down the inevitable nerves that come with doing an interview.
Just how long you should interview a person to get useful content.
Understand that the method of recording will affect your interview.
Challenges with create rapport with interviewees while recording in person.
Specific recommendations for recording technology and software.
Ask this one kind of question and people will talk and talk.
Do not ask people questions like a robot. Listen.
Not all quotations are created equal. And some serve specific purposes.
How to structure a written interview for each purpose.
Recognize the importance of coherence in writing up interviews.
Interviews are the "free" content that attracts audiences.
Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.
Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.
Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.
Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork.
Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).
His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.