Broadcast Track: Emotions and accountability: The art of compelling interviews

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Joce Sterman of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Phil Williams of WTVF-Nashville; Chris Papst of WBFF-Baltimore
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Interviews can make or break a story, so you can't just wing it. Seasoned broadcast journalists break down their strategies and tips for making the most out of those on-camera conversations — from interview prep to accountability sessions, getting reluctant people to open up and more.

This session is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Chris Papst is the Lead Investigative Reporter for Fox45/WBFF’s Project Baltimore, a long-term investigative unit which focuses on public education. His reports have earned some of journalism's top national honors, including an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Awards, Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and five National Headliner Awards. Chris is the author of the best-selling book, Capital Murder and the novel, Devolution. @chrispapst

  • Joce Sterman is a national investigative correspondent, handling enterprise & investigative projects distributed to more than 70 TV affiliates across the country, including WJLA/ABC7 in DC, WBFF/FOX45 in Baltimore and KOMO in Seattle. Joce's stories have earned her multiple regional Emmys and a Murrow. IG/Twitter: @Jocefromthenews

  • Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for WTVF-TV in Nashville, specializing in government corruption. He is a three-time recipient of both the George Foster Peabody Award and the duPont Award. Other honors include a George Polk Award, an IRE Medal, the Hillman Prize, a national Emmy Award and numerous regional Emmys. A former print reporter, Phil was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Services. He is a former IRE Board member.

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