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:

• deploy the best journalist interview techniques to make your interviews more powerful

• become fearless, because you're ready for the various types of interviewee

• decide how you'll record your interviews

• devise killer questions up front

• write and edit your articles

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!


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 Celebrity Interviewee Ever Become Your Friend?

Underhand Tactics & Grey Areas

The Dreaded Roundtable Interview


Nightmare Situations

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. And you won't end up hungover.


"The book has given me confidence and techniques to go about better journalistic interviewing and writing... Thank you - great value for money!" - Imogen Watson, reader

"This guide to interviewing is tremendous fun, with some genuine insight into the whole process. Fascinating stuff, and properly amusing too. Brilliant!" - Tom Spilsbury former editor of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

"With a great sense of humour and a sharp ear for the telling quote, Jason Arnopp always gets the goods. Read and learn" - Andrew Harrison, former Editor-At-Large of Q and Editorial Director of MIXMAG and SMASH HITS

"Boy, I wish this book had been around when I started out" - Catherine Bray, The Guardian

"Jason always 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!

"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 book first. Every budding journo should buy this book" - John Nugent, reader

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  • Publication Date: August 12, 2011
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 83 Pages
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