Interview Techniques

In preparation for your next summative assignment you will need to understand the common interviewing techniques used by journalists, including techniques for different scenarios, preparing an interview, follow up questions as well as conducting an interview at short notice. Watch the BBC College of Journalism video on how to conduct an interview.

Below are some links to various techniques used and some ideas and tips to help you with your practice if you’re unsure!

Media Comparison Report

Robin Williams death last week received comprehensive news coverage. Above is an example of one tabloid front page and a redditor's response to its sensationalism.
Robin Williams death last week received comprehensive news coverage. Above is an example of one tabloid front page and a redditor’s response to its sensationalism.

In Task 2 you have been asked to complete a written report that analyses one print or electronic news media sample in relation to another of the same medium (for example Today Tonight). Below are some websites with links to relevant newspapers and TV current affairs programmes. Many websites now contain streaming services where you can access current stories and up to date information.

Online news media:

Current affairs TV programs

So you’ve forgotten how to write a report? Subheadings! x 3

Edit (Wednesday 20/8): I’ve removed the video as some students were getting a little confused as to the length and style of the report. A simple report with subheadings that outline the different comparative questions asked on the assignment sheet, with tables/graphs and referencing will suffice. Please see me on Friday if you are still having any issues.

Reading Between the Lines and Reporting

Broadsheet paper image

Above is a concise guide to some of the elements that make up the front page of newspaper. In Monday’s lesson (11th August) we will watch the clickview video – Reading Between the Lines and Reporting.  It gives a comprehensive insight into the daily workings of a newspaper in both morning and afternoon circulation.

When you are watching the video answer the following questions below from the video briefly either on computer or written in your workbooks.


  1. What is Journalism? What is the purpose of Journalism?
  2. What is the difference between ‘news’ and ‘current affairs’?
  3. What are some of the differences between TV & Radio journalism and newspaper journalism?
  4. Discuss the nature of a typical newspaper – e.g. contents, readership profile, relationship with advertisers, what determines place and order in the newspaper, etc.
  5. The difference between ‘broadsheet’ and ‘tabloid’? The advantages of each?
  6. What does it mean to find a new ‘angle’ on a story?
  7. Why is a news story the reverse of a fairy-tale?
  8. What is the ‘human interest’ or ‘news colour’ story?
  9. In what ways is the newspaper front page very much a ‘formulated’ page?
  10. What percentage of newspaper readers are “captured at the news stand”? What implications does this have for the creation of the newspaper?
  11. What does the “subbing” of the front page mean?
  12. Define the following elements of the front page of a newspaper:
  • a) masthead
  • b) blurb
  • c) byline
  • d) dateline
  • e) caption
  • f) headline
  • g) spill
  • h) pointer
  • i) trunk