BEFORE the Interview
Before you participate in an interview for newspaper or television there are a few things you should know to help you prepare for and conduct a newsworthy interview.
Don't be shy, consider asking the reporter the following questions:
- What is your name?
- What media outlet are you representing?
- What is the focus of your story?
- Who else is being interviewed?
- Are you already well-acquainted with this topic? (This will let you know how basic your responses need to be).
- Have you visited our District Web site? (This is especially important if your project has a Web presence as the reporter may want to review it before completing the story).
- Would you like me to fax/e-mail you some background information? (If you don't provide it to him prior to the interview and it is available).
- What is your deadline?
- May I call you back in an hour? (30 minutes? 10 minutes?... This gives you time to prepare for the interview.)
- What is your phone number/e-mail address?
AFTER the Interview
- Did you get everything you needed?
- When will the story air/be published?
Please provide the Corporate Communications Office with information about the interview and when it will air/be published. This will allow us to track this media contact and help us find District News articles. Email us or call 309-794-5274.