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How not to conduct an interview

As a part of working with CAM I’ve needed to find some new skills. A few of those skills are:

  • keeping your banner from drooping in the middle when at a protest march.
  • writing to politicians, demanding action on the greatest moral challenge of our time, without swearing.
  • knocking on a complete stranger’s door and asking them to help close a power station.

But the most recent skill that I’ve acquired, in order to bring you all the best local climate news, is how to conduct an interview. And my first interview ever was with long-serving member for Brunswick Carlo Carli.

First rule of journalism, be prepared
After playing email tag for a couple of weeks it was proving difficult to find a mutual alignment of our diaries. Thinking I’d have better luck arranging a date and time using the powers of speech rather than type, I decided to ring Carlo’s office.

I was expecting Carlo either not be there or to be unavailable to take a call. So was somewhat surprised when I got straight through. Carlo kindly suggested that we do the interview over the phone. Diary at the ready I was also surprised when Carlo suggested we just do it now. “Yes, thanks – that’ll be great” was my reply – but in my head I was thinking What – now! C**p,  I’m completely unprepared. (more…)

July 20, 2010 at 10:36 am Leave a comment


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