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The Art of the Interview: How talking to the right people can improve your storytelling


Recorded on Thursday, October 16, 2014 

You will be amazed at how your writing will improve if you have strong newsgathering skills. One of those fundamental skills includes great interviewing techniques. So much of what journalists do is talking to the right people to provide information, perspective and insight into the subject.

Finding the right sources can be the hardest part of telling the story. You also need to prepare in advance so you can ask the right questions. You need to become an expert of sorts before you start interviewing people.

The webinar will cover:

  • How to prepare for an interview
  • How to find the right sources
  • How to ask the right questions at the right time
  • How to conduct yourself during the interview
  • How to keep the door open for further questions
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Meet the Presenter …   

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Laura Widmer, general manager of the Iowa State Daily since 2012, came to Ames, Iowa, after 29 years of teaching and advising publications at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Widmer worked for daily newspapers and an advertising agency prior to her career in academia. Five years ago she captured her dream when she started a newspaper in her hometown, Salisbury, Mo. The Chariton Valley News Press was created to serve six small communities in northern Missouri. The coverage made it the largest circulation newspaper in a three-county area

Widmer currently serves on the Iowa Newspaper Association board of directors.