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Before the Story: Interviewing and Communication Skills for Journalists

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This practical guide covers the journalist's traditional beats of government, law enforcement, and the courts, as well as medicine, science, education, religion, politics, and business. The authors explain how the system works, what the reporter needs to know, and how to deal with common on-the-job problems.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Bedford Books
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Kristin
Mar 15, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
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This book, while outdated in some areas, provides a strong foundation of questions to ask yourself and examples of strong interviewing tactics.

The sections that discuss listening, questions and ethics are still relevant and are well organized. If I read it again, I would skip the chapter about "special challenges" as it stereotypes several groups. Of course, a 1989 book discusses 1989 technology, but many of the tips and tricks given relate to current journalism (digital recordings).
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