Journalism / Skills


Interviewing is an essential part of broadcast journalism. In this section of the College of Journalism website, watch Jeremy Paxman, Sarah Montague and Victoria Derbyshire, among others, offer tips on techniques for different scenarios, preparing an interview, follow-up questions and conducting an interview at short notice.

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What's your interview’s purpose?

Sarah Montague and Stephen Sackur recommend clarity of thought from the start, a disciplined approach to focus the mind and sticking to your subject