Master class: Mastering the interview **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Crystal Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When it comes to interviewing, some reporters are naturals. ProPublica’s Ken Armstrong isn’t one of them. He’ll share the (many) mistakes he’s made and what he’s learned from them. This workshop will move from getting the interview, to conducting the interview, to capitalizing on the interview when it’s time to write.

Topics will include:

  • How — and when — to land a tough interview
  • The power of silence
  • The power of sincerity
  • Interviewing people who have been hurt, and interviewing the people who hurt them
  • How to interview someone who won’t talk to you (and yes, this can be done — sort of)


We will venture, ever so briefly, into the mysterious realm of emotions (open mind, open heart). We’ll challenge some of the conventional wisdom surrounding interviewing (pure hooey, some of it). And we’ll watch outstanding interviewers at work, studying what they do — and, more important, what they don’t do.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong

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