Learn all the interview secrets
Want to quickly learn how to interview people, avoid rookie journalism mistakes and become a better journalist?
Or maybe you're a pro in need of a refresher course, open to new ideas and insights on how to do better interviews, plus war stories from the field?
Either way, let this book be your guide.
Drawing on decades of experience and with over 1000 interviews behind him, respected British journalist Jason Arnopp aims to tell you everything he knows about interrogating the great and good.
Arnopp has excelled in entertainment journalism and music journalism alike, interviewing celebrities and rock stars for the likes of Heat, Doctor Who Magazine, Q, SFX and Kerrang!. Still, the vast majority of the principles described here will apply to ANY journalistic interviewing task.
You need this book in your journalistic toolbox.
Written in an engaging, conversational style, this comprehensive guide will teach you how to:
You’ll also gain insider knowledge of what it’s like out there on the front-line. The surprises that PR folk can spring on you. The challenge of warming up a reluctant or hostile interviewee. You'll even learn what to do when you realise that you've failed to record the interview!
SECTIONS IN THIS BOOK INCLUDE:
Three Things You'll Need To Refer To During The Interview
Five Qualities Of A Good Interviewer
Seven Ways To Set Your Interviewee At Ease
The Eight Types Of Interviewee
Interviewing With An Audience
Fandom Vs Professionalism
The PR Establishes A No-Go Area
Can A Celeb Interviewee Ever Become Your Friend?
Underhand Tactics & Grey Areas
The Dreaded Roundtable Interview
Transcription: A Necessary Evil
How Verbatim Do You Need To Be With Your Quotes?
The Structure Of An Interview Article
Learn the best journalism secrets of interviewing, with this acclaimed and indispensable volume! It's a lot cheaper than sitting the author down in a bar and picking his brains all night.
Buy the book for all platforms
You can buy the ebook direct from the author in a Triple Pack of files to suit everyone (PDF, Kindle/mobi and ePub). If you'd like the Triple Pack for £8.99 - exactly the same as the Amazon price - please head to my Payhip store to pay with PayPal. You can use various credit cards, easily and quickly. You don't even need to be a PayPal member. The Triple Pack will auto-emailed to your PayPal-registered email address.
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“This guide to interviewing is tremendous fun, with some genuine insight into the whole process. Fascinating stuff and properly amusing, too. Brilliant!”
Tom Spilsbury (Editor of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE)
“With a great sense of humour and a sharp ear for the telling quote, Jason Arnopp is an interviewer who always gets the goods. Read and learn”
Editor of Q and former Editorial Director of Mixmag and Smash Hits
“Boy, I wish this book had been around when I started out. You can buy it direct from the author and I'd advise new journalists to do so”
Catherine Bray, Film4.com editor
“If you ever interview people for print or web, it should be an essential part of your reading list”
Scott Matthewman (former Online Editor and Digital Project Manager, The Stage - his five-star review of the book can be read here).
“Jason Arnopp is one of those ludicrous, funny people who manages to get the most reticent of stars to tell him things that they really shouldn't. As a journalist, he is blessed with a remarkable bedside manner. He might be able to teach you a thing or two”
Phil Alexander (Mojo Editor-In-Chief and former Kerrang! Editor).
“It was my very happy experience to work with and read Jason Arnopp for a number of years on Kerrang! Jason's interviews were always funny, smart, passionate… blah, blah, blah. But one singular thing marked him apart in his field – he had the invaluable ability to ask the unexpected question that caught both subject and reader off guard, and unfailingly meant you found out something new about whomever he was interviewing. That allowed me to forgive him for such mishaps as being foolishly pictured looking like a Satanic teddy bear in a kimono and being, quite accurately, christened 'Lady’s Hair' by metal icon Max Cavalera”
Paul Rees (Q Editor and former Kerrang! Editor).
“I'm very glad I bought it; having just re-entered the world of writing (I lost my way in my teenage years!). It has given me confidence and techniques to go about better journalistic interviewing and writing, and I hope to employ what I've learnt when writing for my university newspaper and website! Thank you - very great value for money!”
Imogen Watson, reader
“I've just done my first music interview, and I don't think it would have gone even marginally as well if I hadn't read this ebook first. I'm starting out in the big bad world of journalism with zero formal journalistic qualifications under my belt, so help like this is utterly invaluable. Every budding journo should buy this book”
John Nugent, reader