Connect with us


Tips on Interviewing: 3 Rules Every Writer Should Know

Of course you need to make sure your recorder works, but what else?



Whoever it is—actor, writer, musician, rookie, veteran, legend, hype—they have a story. So try to ask questions that will tell or illuminate their story.

We spoke to Alessandra Guarneri on the College Media Network Podcast about her experience interviewing musicians, specifically, We Three, the sibling band from Oregon who captured viewers on America’s Got Talent.

Alessandra Guarneri is featured on the CMN Podcast #2, “The Unknown Gold”

“I don’t eliminate questions because they’ve already been asked,” said Alessandra. “It could just be their first time stumbling across the band or artist…I definitely do my research to make sure everything I’m asking is appropriate and isn’t ridiculous.”

Whoever you are interviewing took their time to speak with you. One of the ways to be respectful of that time is to be informed.

Ask open ended questions.

Keep the questions as open as you can; try and remember not to speak very much and let the interviewee do all the talking, remembering to really give them time to get to answers—this can mean letting silence happen. This can be very helpful in terms of unlocking what the interviewee is really concerned with.

Provoke something interesting.

“I like to ask if you could only listen to 3 songs the rest of your life what would they be and why,” said Alessandra “People go crazy over it. They actually feel like it will become their future.”

The most important quality in an interviewer is the ability to listen.

When interviewing, don’t worry about your next question; allow whatever answer’s being given to steer the conversation. You can always get back to your original list of questions—and you should make sure that you do that before the interview’s over—but leave yourself open to surprises and turns.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, join CMN’s Music Journalism Course and get real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to music industry insiders, and a great place to display build your portfolio. Get all the details on the Music Journalism Course here.

CMN Reports

Business5 days ago

CBS and Viacom Will Merge Once Again

Media and entertainment oligopoly is growing.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality1 week ago

Illinois Will Now Mandate LGBTQIA+ History Curriculum to be Taught in Public schools

The land of Lincoln is becoming more inclusive in its curriculum.

by , The Catholic American University
Doctor holds a newborn baby after a Caesarian. Doctor holds a newborn baby after a Caesarian.
Government2 weeks ago

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Starting to Decline Nationwide

As the country's birth rate stagnates or declines, so does teen birth rates.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality3 weeks ago

North Carolin Governor Blocks Public Funds for LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy By Executive Order

State or Federal funds will be impacted by executive order.

by , The Catholic American University
National News1 month ago

Poll: Almost 40% of College and University Undergraduates Nationwide Favor Socialism

Socialism is slowly rising amongst college youth.

by , The Catholic American University
Employment2 months ago

California Bans Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles

The Golden State is combating discrimination based on appearance.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 months ago

The Supreme Court Determines the Fate of Political Representation

The country's high court determines the future of representation.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality3 months ago

Colorado Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

The Centennial State moves forward in progress for the queer community.

by , The Catholic American University

Most Read From CMN Writers

1 Step 1

Copyright © College Media Network