Drawing on 25 years of experience and with over 1000 interviews behind him, British writer JASON ARNOPP aims to tell you everything he knows about interrogating the great and good. He has spent these decades interviewing celebrities and rock stars for the likes of Heat, Doctor Who Magazine, Q, SFX and Kerrang!, but the vast majority of the principles described here will apply to ANY journalistic interviewing task. You need this book in your toolbox!
Written in an engaging, conversational style, HOW TO INTERVIEW... packs in over 28,000 words of practical wisdom. You’ll learn about the craft of interviewing, all the way from deciding how you’ll record your interviews, to devising questions, to dealing with various types of interviewee, to writing and editing your article.
Beyond that, however, you’ll get a real feel for what it’s like out there on the front-line. The surprises which PR folk may spring on you when you arrive to conduct your interview. The challenge of getting a reluctant, or even downright angry, interviewee to warm to you and open up. Even what to do when you realise that your recording device has failed to record the interview!
Sections in the book include the following:
Three Things You'll Need To Refer To During The Interview
Five Qualities That Make For 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 An Interviewee Ever Become Your Friend?
Underhand Tactics & Grey Areas
Becoming A Fly On The Wall
The Dreaded Roundtable Interview
Transcription: A Necessary Evil
How Verbatim Do You Need To Be With Those Quotes?
The Structure Of An Interview Article
Learn the JOURNALISTIC SECRETS of interviewing, with this incredible, indispensable volume! If you sat the author down in a bar, bought him drinks and picked his brains, leading scientists estimate you'd pay ten times as much as the price of this book! Yes, HOW TO INTERVIEW... is priced at a rate of 40 pence/49 cents for every year of experience that has been poured into it.
"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” - Andrew Harrison (Editor-At-Large of Q, former Editorial Director of MIXMAG and SMASH HITS.)
"Boy, I wish this book had been around when I started out. You can buy it as a PDF direct from the author for less than the cost of most magazines, and I'd advise new journalists to do so" - Catherine Bray (FILM4.COM editor)
"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! One singular thing marked Jason 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" - Paul Rees (former Editor of Q and KERRANG!)