Mastering the investigative interview

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

We've all done it -- blown a key interview or missed a vital question. We do them every day, often without thinking. Maybe that’s the problem: Even as pros, we make basic mistakes in interviews because we’re not thinking strategically and tactically. Politicians, businesspeople and PR flacks are experts at jumping on the smallest opening we give them, the tiniest mistake in formulating a question. It’s not just about getting the facts. It’s also about how to dramatically rethink the way you approach interviews, master the basic rules of tough interviews, and then learn how to break them when needed.

Speaker Bios

  • Julian Sher is a veteran documentary director, newsroom trainer and the author of six books. He was an investigative reporter for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail and his articles also appeared in the New York Times and USA Today. For five years, he was the Senior Producer at CBC's The Fifth Estate, Canada's premier investigative program. He has trained in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. See www.juliansher.com. @juliansher

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