Posts Tagged ‘Interviewing’

Ask TON: Conducting and condensing Q&A interviews

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. This week: Writing, and editing, Q&As. (Click here to read previous installments.) Sometimes, the best way to share a good interview is just to let a source speak in his or her own words. But writing a good Q&A isn’t as easy as ask-and-answer. There’s plenty of organizing before […]

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Ask TON: Getting sources to open up

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. This week, we ask experienced journalists how to get people to open up and talk like human beings. (Click here to see previous installments). Scientists and other interviewees are often eager to talk about their work, but sometimes, ask a basic question and you’re left with answers […]

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Ask TON: Taking notes discreetly

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: When you are reporting for a narrative story, interviewing sources — say a researcher or a family — how do you take notes or record what’s going on without being obtrusive? Dan Ferber, science writer, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering […]

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Ask TON: How many interviews?

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: For a typical mid-length feature story, how many interviews would you typically do, and how long would each one typically last?

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Cynthia Graber profiles a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein

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While Cynthia Graber isn’t new to reporting on regenerative medicine, her interview with Tufts University biologist Michael Levin led to some unexpected stories. In research that recalls the toils of Dr. Frankenstein, Levin uses electricity to initiate regeneration of body parts in living organisms. In light of recent advances in DNA research, the field of […]

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Ask TON: Anonymous sources

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    Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: Should anonymous (unattributed) quotes be used to develop stories which would not be possible without them — such as when individuals are unwilling to go on the record with negative comments?

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Taking good notes: Tricks and tools

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Whether you rely on a digital recorder or a laptop or a ragtag collection of mismatched notebooks, you need to take good notes. That doesn’t just mean that your handwriting needs to be legible — though that matters too. It means that your notes capture the essence of what you have observed, from the words […]

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Ask TON: Dumb questions

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’ve heard people say it’s important not to be afraid to ask “dumb” questions. What is your favorite “dumb” interview question when interviewing scientists? What has gotten you the most useful results?

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