Archive for November, 2017

14
Nov

Five On…Journalist Tricks (Part 2)

You can revisit 1-5 from last week here. Now part two... 6) SILENCE Silence can be used as a way of encouraging you to keep on talking. Don't feel forced to fill it. Make your point and stop, or link away. 7) THE SMILING ASSASSIN You want to establish empathy but don't be lured into a false sense of security. This is particularly dangerous in a radio studio where there can often be a more intimate, confessional atmosphere. Maintain a careful framework ...

09
Nov

Five On…Journalist Tricks (Part 1)

1) THE SHORT QUESTION You’ve not much time to think when the question is five words long -or less. Be prepared and take your time. Remember the pause. 2) THE NOT-A-QUESTION QUESTION Leaving a provocative statement hanging in the air. Don’t be tempted with sarcasm (“I’m sorry but was there a question there?”) but don’t rise to the bait either. 3) THE PUT DOWN “But we’ve heard this all many times before...” You are made to feel jaded; retain your conviction and don’t be deterred. 4) PUTTING ...

03
Nov

Five On…the lead up to a live interview

1) Beware of careless chatter with the producer on the way to the studio It’s often a fairly long walk from reception to studio. Keep the conversation banal. Don’t reveal confidential information, doubts about the veracity of your evidence, or whether you are the right person to be doing the interview. I’ve heard all of these over the years. 2) Expect to be kept waiting It’s always worth checking as soon as you arrive whether the running order is on schedule. Accept (within ...

03
Nov

Five On…Telephone Interviews

1) It should be a last resort Try and get to a broadcast point if you can. Telephone interviews are often dropped by producers who have over-filled their running orders. It's harder to ditch the person that has made the effort to come into the studio. 2) Always a landline Mobiles cut out. They run out of battery. And news alerts and notifications can distract. 3) Create the right environment Aim for a room where you won't be disturbed. It's often good to opt for somewhere ...