Art of the interview

  • Event: 2018 Boston Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: JENIFER MCKIM of New England Center for Investigative Reporting; Eric Rasmussen of KSTP-Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Room 101
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable.

Speaker Bios

  • Jenifer McKim is a senior investigative reporter at WGBH's New England Center for Investigative Reporting and a professor at journalism at Boston University. She is a multimedia reporter focusing on topics including child welfare, sex trafficking and criminal justice. Her radio and print stories have received multiple awards, including a 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award and a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Follow her at @jbmckim.

  • Eric Rasmussen has been an investigative reporter with Boston 25 News since 2015. He’s the recipient of 4 regional Murrow awards and eight Emmys, including the 2018 New England Emmy award for best investigative reporter. Eric recently led a national investigation into missing foster kids as well as drug rehab scams in Florida and New England. Prior to joining Boston 25, Eric worked at TV stations in San Francisco, Orlando, and several other cities across the country.

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