There is more than one way to interview someone for a news story.
Some journalists take the role of an unfriendly, disbelieving inquirer who
wants to catch the interviewee in some moment of confusion or expose him/her
as a hypocrite, ignoramus or buffoon. I refer to this as “gotcha”
Some journalists take the role of a supportive, affable colleague so they
don’t ask any tough questions that might embarrass the interviewee. This
often called throwing softballs, but I call it “brownnose” journalism.
The really good journalists take the role of an objective, neutral
interviewer with no agenda except to get the interviewee’s side of the
story. This is called unbiased journalism.
The role you take as a journalist interviewing someone for a story is
important, but there are other aspects of the journalist’s interview that
will also help or hinder your quest for... (more)
“I suppose you think you’re problems are worse than mine, right? Well let
me tell you something, pal – you don’t know anything about having
problems until you’ve taken a good look at MY problems, so cut me a little
slack here, OK?”
Is that how you feel about your problems? Do you think no one else has ever
faced what you face? Does it look like your problems are huge while everyone
Here are five universal truths concerning problems.
Universal truth #1: Everyone has problems. My counseling professor at
Creighton University, Robert McEniry, MA, Ph... (more)
An iPhone or a Smartphone can be a wonderful thing. You can do...well, darn
near anything with it...including record for posterity any event within
eye-range or should I say, I-range.
Unless you want to become famous (or infamous), don't lose your temper at the
check-out stand or yell at your kid in the WalMart parking lot. If you do,
soon 145,329 (more or less) people could view it on the Internet because some
guy caught it on his Smartphone, uploaded it to YouTube, then tweeted and
Facebooked it even before you got to your car.
From this day forward, politicians at every level... (more)
You may only know George Foreman as a television pitchman and father of ten
children including five boys, all named George: George, Jr., George III,
George IV, George V and George VI.
But he is much more than that. He won an Olympic gold medal as a heavyweight
boxer in 1969 and ended his amateur career with a 27-0 record. In 1969 he
turned pro, had a total of thirteen fights that year and won all but two of
them by knockout.
One day previous to a big fight, a sports writer asked Foreman, “You would
continue boxing even if you lose?”
Foreman stared into the journa... (more)
The league championship was on the line. The game would begin in one hour.
The coach gathered his players in a circle for their pre-game pep talk.
"Okay, boys, we've come a long ways this season," he said. "We've won some
really big games. Some of them were tough games where I saw you guys come
back when it looked like all was lost. But tonight, fellas, this is the
His players let out a war hoop and a cheer that could be heard all the way
through the stadium.
"A few minutes from now," the coach continued, "it will be all on the line.
And you know very well th... (more)