A different kind of conversation

25 02 2010

To be able to speak to a person and learn their story first hand is one of the most rewarding experiences. I did my first professional interview this past semester when I interviewed the new University at Buffalo football coach for Generation Magazine.  It was a great experience. Interviewing is like having a strange sort of conversation with a person, where they are willing to give you a detailed story.  It is so personal that many people can get the most candid information from a five-minute span of time.  The silence in between questions and answers can sometimes be a good thing, causing the interviewee to divulge even more.  Keeping your personal opinion about a certain topic away from the questioning can make the interviewee more comfortable in the situation. No one really likes to be judged, and if you are looking for a fresh & clean cut piece about the interesting life of a person, staying neutral is key.  I really enjoy interviews not only because it gives the people a chance to share stories, but also that I am completely interested in human lives. Everyone on this planet has a story of who they are, where they came from, and where the want to go.  It’s our job as interviewers to make their voices heard.

In response to Fieldwork chapter 7 by Bruce Jackson

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