Master class: The advanced art of the TV interview (Broadcast focus) **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Tisha Thompson of ESPN; Lea Thompson of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Mako
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Handling deniers, liars, whistleblowers, blabbermouths, know-it-alls, media-trained automatons, murderers, celebrities, children, victims and those “taking the fifth.” Using real behind-the-scenes examples, we’ll share techniques on how to plan, prepare and execute the most difficult interviews in investigative reporting, including formats that are often overlooked but need real planning, like hidden camera, news conferences, sit-down confrontations and anonymous interviews.

This class is good for: Those both on and off camera, as we’ll hit on what reporters, producers, MMJs and photographers all need to be thinking about during both one camera and two camera interviews.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • Lea Thompson - Former Chief Correspondent, Dateline NBC (16 yrs) & anchor/head of WRC-Tv's investigative unit (15 yrs). On IRE board many years - now trying to save the IRE Broadcast Archive and teaching investigative reporting around the world. Her work is behind 3 acts of Congress & dozens of laws, recalls and policy changes as well as TV movies & 3 books. Lea has won multiples of major awards: IRE, Peabody, Polk, Loeb, duPont, numerous Emmys, many lifetime awards.

  • Tisha is an investigative reporter at ESPN, appearing on Outside the Lines, E:60 and SportsCenter. A member of ESPN's 2019 Peabody Award winning team for "Spartan Secrets,” she also won the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for espnW’s "Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors," which also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. She’s been a member of IRE/NICAR for more than 20 years.

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