The Interview: Tips from Professional Journalists

Common Core Standards for conducting interviews:


  1. What is the difference between an interview and a conversation?
  2. What is Tavis’ one rule if you want to be a good interviewer?
  3. What is a generous listener?
  4. What is the difference between leading or following a conversation?
  5. What does Tavis mean by “doing your homework”?


  1. What does Katie suggest to make the interviewee comfortable?
  2. How does body language and tone affect the interview?
  3. Why does Katie suggest not using questions that require a “yes” or “no” answer?
  4. Why is it important to be a good listener and use following up questions?
  5. Why does Katie suggest in remembering who you are serving? What is the goal of an interview?
  6. How does Katie know her interview was effective?

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