Discover The Secrets To Media Interviews!

A Complete Course on How to Interview People for TV, Radio and Online Platforms!
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Published 12/2014 English

Course 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 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, that 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. Well, you'll have air around you alright, the trouble is, it'll be rather foul smelling.

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

With "Learn to Construct Mind-Blowingly Informative Interviews", I'm going to teach you how to research properly, how to choose the right interviewee subject, what questions you need to ask, what questions you need to avoid, and I'll also tell 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.

For £15 / $20 you get:

Lifetime access to 38 videos.

Tutor support from me.
No subscription fees.
Continual course updates
Enrollment into a group that already includes 107 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.

No Questions Asked 30 Day Refund!

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Start today and "Learn 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 section to the course. Advice from the Professionals.

Nouran Sallam (EX BBC, Al Jazeera, and current Al Hayah's TV News Anchor) talks to me about conducting interviews.

What are the requirements?

  • Just jump in and get started!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to the Course!
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.

Section 2: Getting Ready to Interview
04:20

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.

03:39

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.

02:25

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.

Section 3: Researching for Interviews
03:13

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.

02:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

All the links are in the download section.

02:20

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.


06:16

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.

04:48

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.

Section 4: Preparing for the Interview
03:03

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.

05:01

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.

07:03

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.

05:38

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.

Section 5: Good Stuff to Know
01:14

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

02:00

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.
05:54

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.

Section 6: The Nuts and Bolts of Interviewing
02:29

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.

02:19

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.

06:35

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.

03:02

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

Notes are in the download section.

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.

04:09

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.

02:19

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.

06:12

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.


06:00

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.

Section 7: Other Types of Interviews
03:27

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.

03:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

04:33

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

Notes are in the download section.

Section 8: Important Legal Advice
02:26

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.


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 for lectures 30 and 31 can be found here.

04:47

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.

03:47

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.

Section 9: Safety Concerns When Interviewing
3 pages

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.

Section 10: Advice from the Professionals
22:22

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.

06:54

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 and currently presents the news for Al Hayah TV in Egypt.

13:28

Sami Sahmoud gives his advice 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).

05:45

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

Section 11: Recording Audio on Location
10 pages

An 10-page document on how to get the best out of recording audio on location. This information is relevant to radio and video interviews.

Section 12: Bonus Material
1 page
Here I will post helpful links that I come across.
00:15

As a thank you for joining please have a free copy of my new ebook.

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Instructor Biography

Ashley Cowan, 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. 

"Ashley Cowan: The Great North Escape Soundcloud"

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