Discover The Secrets To Media Interviews!
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Discover The Secrets To Media Interviews!

A Complete Course on How to Interview People for TV, Radio and Online Platforms!
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Created by Ashley Cowan
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 35 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you’ll be able to interview someone in depth be it for an online interview, a radio interview or a video / documentary interview. You will learn everything there is to know about interviewing including researching ideas and constructing strong interview questions. You will also learn about legal and safety issues. Students have lifetime access to this course, which will be continually updated.
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Description

Learn to Construct Mind-Blowingly Informative Interviews!

Course Update February 2016

Yesterday I spoke with Nick Cavell. Nick is a sports journalist for BBC African sports. During the interview, we talked about how Nick broke into the BBC. We spoke about his daily routine at BBC African sports, how he sources and covers stories, how he verifies facts and how he treats a story. There's also handy tips on interviewing football managers and advice on what to look out for when interviewing. The video has been added to the tips from the professionals section.

If you want to attract traffic to your website, YouTube channel, blog, etc., showcasing a collection of superb interviews can be a powerful way to do this.

You see...

Great interviews give your website/film/audio file a genuinely professional feel. A professional feel gives you authority. Authority attracts. Poor interviews do the opposite. They make you look like an amateur. And there are thousands of amateurs out there. Don't be an amateur, be professional.

And there's more...

Nightmare interviews push people away from your sites.If you listen to a poorly recorded interview, which asks dumb questions and sounds like it took place in a bathroom, then you're not going to have an air of authority around you.

Don't be one of these people creating bad interviews, record high-quality interviews.

On this course, you'll learn how to construct mind-blowingly awesome interviews. I'm going to teach you how to research properly, how to choose the right interviewee subject, what questions you need to ask, and what questions you need to avoid. I'll also show you how to prepare “counter questions."

But why should I even bother studying this Ashley?

Because as soon as you learn these skills once, you'll never have to learn them again. Learn once, interview for life.

Listen....

If you don't have a template, you'll create boring questions. Boring questions make for dull interviews.

I'll teach you that template.

And you'll also....

Get Sizzling Broadcasting Advice From Professional Broadcasters

I didn't spend nine years at the BBC for nothing you know! I've been annoying my ex-BBC work mates. Finally, they relented and let me interview them.

We're talking about the big boys and girls here. They've worked for the BBC, Aljazeera, beIN Sports and Sky News Arabia. These journalists have years of experience.

And....

It doesn't stop there. I'll be getting more in the future. They can run, but they can't hide.

What You Get

Lifetime access to 38 videos.
Tutor support from me.
No subscription fees.

Continual course updates

Enrollment into a group that already includes over 150 learners

Take action now and find out:

How to source excellent interviews for your projects.

How to research and flesh out your initial interview idea.

How to select the correct person for your interview.

Advice on covering tough issues such as trauma etc.

Learn what questions to avoid asking.

Find out how to structure your interview before you do it.

Get tips on how to bring out emotions from you interviewee subject.

Discover how to prepare side questions before the interview.

Learn how to use statistics and opinion polls to provide an alternative argument.

Tips on taking past quotes and using them for current interviews.

How to deal with angry people.

Understand how the location of the interview can affect your interviewee's replies.

Interviewing by phone.

Learn to understand your audience.

Tips on how to listen like a pro.

Make a vox pop.

Libel and copyright lessons. Crucial!

Risk assessments and safety issues.

Professional broadcasters give you their advice.

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Start Today and Learn How to Construct Mind-Blowingly Informative Interviews!

Updates
February 2016
Interview with Nick Cavell from BBC African Sports.

July 2015
Alex Mwangi from the BBC Swahili Service shares his knowledge on news and sports interviews.

June 2015:
Helpful links added to the course.

February 2015:
Sami Sahmoud from beIN Sports (Al Jazeera) talks to me about what skills are needed to make a great interviewer.

January 2015:
I added a new advice from the professionals section to the course.

Nouran Sallam is a BBC Arabic news anchor. She's also worked for Al Jazeera and Al Hayah TV. Here she talks to me about conducting interviews.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners interested interviewing at local level. People involved with community radio, community websites, bloggers, You Tubers etc who want to get great interviews. People working in PR and Communications who want to improve their interview technique. Media students studying journalism.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
03:08:31
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Welcome to the Course!
1 Lecture 01:51

This course is designed to train students in interviewing techniques. By the end of this course, students will have an in-depth knowledge of interviewing skills.

Preview 01:51
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Getting Ready to Interview
3 Lectures 10:24

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will be made aware of the different types of interviews. They will learn about the informative interview, the character interview, the reaction interview, the holding someone to account interview, the vox pop, the eyewitness interview, and the serious interview.

Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

Preview 04:20

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

The importance of listening to a variety of interviews from different sources.

Recording ideas for future interviews and recording the names of potential future guests.

Why we should use social media to find new ideas.

Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

Preview 03:39

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Discovering what are first interview subject should be about.

Finding potential interview ideas from the local environment.

Finding potential ideas from social media.

Being aware of beginner interview mistakes.

Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

Preview 02:25
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Researching for Interviews
5 Lectures 19:02

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

Understand the basics of interview research.

Distinguish the difference between primary and secondary forms of research.

Recognize why strong research will help us create excellent interview questions.

Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

Introduction to Interview Research
03:13

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Introducing students to over twenty different places where they can research their ideas further.

All the links are in the download section.

Places to Research Your Ideas
02:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

In this lesson, students will learn more about researching their ideas.

We introduce the topic of preparing 'alternative questions' and we look at the 'other side of the argument.'

Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.


Interviewing Research Part Two
02:20

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students learn about the importance of researching an individuals past history before they interview.

Understanding why it's important to know facts about individual cases.

Studying the information currently around a subject.

Looking at the point of view being discussed.

Introducing past quotes into a present day argument.

Using statistics and opinion polls to offer counter arguments.

Notes can be found in the download section.

Interviewing Research Part Three
06:16

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Double checking research.

Tracing information back to its source.

Being aware of opinion based research.

Keeping good records for reference and legal purposes.

Checking an interviewee's past history.

Researching around an individual/event for a short notice interview.

Notes are in the download section.

Interviewing Research Tips
04:48
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Preparing for the Interview
4 Lectures 20:45

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Choosing the right person for the interview.

Why it's good to have variety.

How the ages/races/occupations of people etc. can offer different viewpoints on the same topic matter.

The importance of having a backup interview in case of a cancellation.

Notes are in the download section.

Choosing the Right Interviewee Subject
03:03

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial, students will learn about:

The importance of a pre-interview chat and why we need to talk to our subjects first before we interview them.

Notes are in the download section.

The Pre-Interview Chat
05:01

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Approaching charities etc. for their first few interviews.

Why it's good to showcase their interviews online.

Emailing vs. calling for an interview.

Dealing with angry people.

What to do if your interviewee is a poor speaker.

Discussing the areas you will and won't cover.

Learning how your attitude can affect the interviewee subject.

Notes are in the download section.

The Pre-Interview Chat Two
07:03

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

How the background environment can change the interviewee's replies.

How people in the background can alter the respondent's answers.

The difference between group and individual interviews.

Notes are in the download section.

The Environment and the Interview
05:38
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Good Stuff to Know
3 Lectures 09:08

Why it's good for legal reasons to always record and store your interviews online.

Recording the Interview
01:14

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn:

Why it's very important to listen to your guest and not to talk over their replies.

Interviewing for the correct audience.

Notes are in the download section.
Why You Should Stay Quiet When Interviewing
02:00

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn:

Why it's critical to listen to your answers and not to focus on your next question.

How to listen for the emotion behind the words.

Not drawing conclusions when listening.

Notes are in the download section.

Why We Need to Listen When Interviewing
05:54
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The Nuts and Bolts of Interviewing
9 Lectures 36:07

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn:

Why it's important to write their questions down.

Notes are in the download section.

Should You Write Your Interview Questions Down?
02:29

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

How many questions they will need to ask for a 5 minute interview.

No notes to download.

How Many Questions?
02:19

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about the types of questions to use when interviewing.

Notes are in the download section.

Questions Types
06:35

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn about the types of questions to avoid when interviewing.

Notes are in the download section.

The Types of Interview Questions to Avoid
03:02

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Finding the core of their interview and incorporating surrounding information into the main interview.

Notes are in the download section.

The Nucleus of the Interview
03:02

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Bringing out the emotion in personal interviews.

Notes are in the download section.

Emotions in Personal Interviews
04:09

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Preparing 'side questions' to counter answers that are routinely expected.

Notes are in the download section.

Thinking ahead
02:19

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Avoiding general questions.

Understanding common interviewing problems.

Becoming aware of subconsciously pressuring.

Avoiding verbal punch-ups.

More information on their aims.

Notes are in the download section.


More Things to Consider
06:12

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Opening their interview.

Ordering their questions.

Checking their questions.

Why we need to read out loud.

Whether to send their questions in advance.

Notes are in the download section.

Opening, Ordering, Checking, and Sending Questions
06:00
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Other Types of Interviews
3 Lectures 11:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will have knowledge of:

Staying impartial.

Dealing with interview subjects who have suffered tragedy.

Asking for advice if the situation is difficult.

Using devil's advocate questions to try and open up difficult areas.

Resources to use for advice.

Notes are in the download section.

How to Handle Sensitive Interviews
03:27

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand how to make a vox pop.

How to Make a Vox Pop
03:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will know how to conduct a phone interview.

Notes are in the download section.

How to Interview by Phone
04:33
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Important Legal Advice
4 Lectures 17:05

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about:

Interview consent.

Advice on interviewing children.

Other advice based resources.

Notes are in the download section.


Interviewing Children and Interview Consent
02:26

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of:

Libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting/publishing interviews.

Resources to use for advice.

Notes for lectures 30 and 31 can be found here.

Broadcast Law: Defamation
06:05

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of:

Libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting/publishing interviews.

Resources to use for advice.

Notes can be found in Lecture 30.

Broadcast Law: Defamation Part Two
04:47

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of:

Copyright when undertaking interviews and broadcasting/publishing interviews.

Resources to use for advice.

Notes are in the download section.

Interviews and Copyright
03:47
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Safety Concerns When Interviewing
1 Lecture 00:00

Important safety advice to know before undertaking any interview.

The risk assessment form. What it is and how to use one.

Notes are in the download section.

Safety: Risk Assessments and Interviewing Alone
3 pages
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Tips from the Professionals
4 Lectures 48:29

In this excellent twenty-two minute interview, Nick describes his career path into the BBC. He describes an average day working for BBC African sports, how he finds stories, how he covers stories, how to verify facts and the best way to treat a story. He also describes how to interview a football manager and the issues you need to consider. And there’s some great advice on what it takes to be a BBC sports journalist.

00:59: Nick briefly describes his career and how he got involved with African sports.

01:54: Here he explains what an average day for BBC African sport.

03:20: Nick explains how an initial idea gets produced for the show and how he finds an angle for the story.

04:44: Nick explains the different ways he “treats” a story. (How he covers the story).

09:38: Here Nick explains how he verifies his facts. Don’t use Wikipedia! :)

12:47: How to break into sports journalism.

15:00: What are the main sports to know?

17:50: How to interview a football manager and what issues to consider.

20:30: Using areas as well as written questions.

Nick Cavell: BBC African Sports
22:22

Here Nouran Sallam gives her advice on what makes a good interview. Nouran has worked as a presenter for BBC Arabic TV and Radio, Aljazeera TV, Al Hayah TV and recently rejoined BBC Arabic as a news anchor.

Nouran Sallam: BBC Arabic TV
06:54

Sami Sahmoud gives his tips on what makes a good interview. Sami has worked as a presenter for BBC Arabic Radio, Sky News Arabia and currently presents the sports news for beIN Sports (Aljazeera).

Sami Sahmoud: Senior Correspondent beIN Sports
13:28

The BBC's Senior Sports Producer for the Swahili service, Alex Mwangi, gives us his advice for news and sports interviews.

Alex Mwangi: Senior Sports Producer for BBC World Service TV & Radio
05:45
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About the Instructor
Ashley Cowan
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BBC World Service Radio

Who am I?

My name's Ashley, and I'm just someone who loves training people in radio. I have over eighteen years experience in training including nine years at The BBC.

The Online Radio School has been a dream of mine since I started managing a hospital radio station in 1997. Back then I spent eight years training tons of volunteers in all aspects of radio. I tutored in presenting, reporting, interviewing and production.

I moved to The BBC World Service in 2002 and I stayed there for nine years. There I technically operated radio transmissions, edited interviews and documentaries and trained World Service staff in radio broadcasting.

I've now completed my three course's "Discover The Secrets to Media Interviews," "Discover The Secrets To Being An Awesome Radio DJ," and "Fingerpicking for Guitar."

Music and Guitar

In my spare time I'm a singer songwriter who teaches guitar and performs in London. I've been playing guitar for twenty years. I like fingerpicking and writing strong lyrics. I've been played on BBC Radio London and Amazing Radio to one million listeners.

You can find my music on Soundcloud. 

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