I have always loved throwing a great party. However, unlike many people, I enjoy planning the parties even more than I do hosting them and mixing and mingling with my guests. While I enjoy decorating and preparing food to serve my guests, my favorite aspect of a party to plan is the entertainment. I have hired DJs, live bands, and even magicians. While many people think that magicians are just for children's parties, I have a favorite magician who never fails to entertain my group of adult friends. I love party planning so much that I decided to create a blog to share my party planning tips on with a focus on party entertainment!
When you watch interviews on the news, the questions from a reporter make all the difference. Interviews can go in many different ways and having a reporter who is on their feet and aware will make the interview flow a lot smoother. The next time you watch a newscast like Rick Sanchez interviews, be on the lookout for some of the key elements.
As a viewer, your awareness will help you analyze answers and develop a more evolved view of the information given to you on-screen.
1. Open-Ended Questions
A really engaging interview should include open-ended questions to get the most information out of a subject. When someone is asking a "yes or no" question, then the response may be a simple yes or no answer. While those quick responses may help establish certain questions, open-ended questions will really help create a dialogue.
The questions force a person to think about their answer and open up more about the question itself. An interview should feature a majority of open-ended questions and could even include statements as well. For example, a reporter may tell the interviewee to tell them about a specific experience instead of forming a question.
2. Follow-Up Questions
Instead of moving on from a subject, a good interview will feature follow-up questions and focus on specifics about an answer. Look for a reporter who asks for clarification or an explanation about a particular subject. The follow-up questions get into more details about a subject and give viewers more perspective on specific topics.
The follow-up questions could take an interview in a whole new direction. Instead of just following a script, a good news reporter will go with the flow and choose which areas to really focus on.
3. Asking "How"
Many answers in news interviews include a lot of big ideas and statements, but a reporter can get even more details if they ask "How" as opposed to just "What" or "Why". For example, someone gives their views on budgets, but a reporter could ask how would their ideas work.
A simple question based around "How" could give a lot more details and insight to create a memorable interview. There are many ways to form the question and a reporter with years of experience can dive deep into the questions and get an interview with depth as opposed to just fluff.
The interviews you watch with a good reporter will help you feel more engaged and provide a lot of depth in the information presented to you.