Category Archives: Interviewing

Don’t fear asking the right questions

Don’t let coaches intimidate you from asking questions. If you believe the biggest controversy revolves around whom will start at quarterback, then ask about that scenario — even if the coach becomes agitated, surly or even angry, as Tide coach … Continue reading

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‘Morning Joe’ interview with Congressman can be a lesson for sports journalists as well

I’m not trying to wade into politics here – although I’ll gladly discuss my second fave topic elsewhere – but this interview with a Texas Congressman can serve to teach all journalists how to address sources who attack, deflect, obfuscate and … Continue reading

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Develop relationship with SIDs before diving into coverage

I was chatting with a friend who advises an East Coast university newspaper this morning about college sports journalism education. He mentioned the uncertainty students have about interviewing student-athletes. They ask him questions, such as: “Is it legal to go up … Continue reading

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Introspective interviews can yield lively scenes

I originally published this on IU’s National Sports Journalism Center website in July 2011. Scenes help drive stories. But sportswriters can’t develop scenes unless they do their research – interviewing, observing and researching. In journalism, interviews frequently trump other methods … Continue reading

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Interviewing is essential to engaging readers in sports features

I originally published this on Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center website in July 2011. ESPN’s Wright Thompson was chatting with some golf writers in a bar near St. Andrew’s, host course for the 2010 British Open, when he heard … Continue reading

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