By: Lynnsi Nichols
The journalism students from the diversity workshop staggered into the computer lab. In the center was a large table with desk chairs surrounding it. All of us plopped down and laid our heads in our hands. We were exhausted from “Partying” (We watched Netflix… Because we’re hardcore like that) the night before. What can I say? We were drunk with freedom.
Her name is Professor Jeannine Relly. Any one else would have dreaded walking into a room filled with sleep-deprived teenagers. If she had felt that way she didn’t show it. Relly strode into the room and flashed a confident smile.
She stood at the head of the table beside a white board and assessed the room. After acknowledging how tired we were she began explaining the importance of different types of interviewing techniques and the importance of checking the background.
The next topic was “Back-grounding”. “Back-grounding” is when you go and search out information about your topic or source (Yes this is a great excuse for Facebook stalking). In order to give us an example of how to successfully create a good background, Relly referenced an article from The Chronicle Of Higher Education. The article discussed why very few American Indians earn PhD’s. We then proceeded to research our topic using the 5 W’s, and UA websites to check facts and sources. That is when some of us weren't’ having computer problems… not saying any names but *cough Quinton *cough.
Despite our grumpy moods Professor Relly managed to make us smile with her upbeat attitude. It was a great learning experience.
Even if your mother says she loves you check it out.
Types of interviews
1) Long and formal
2) Quick (Phone)
3) Walk around
4) On-the-Fly Chat
5) Background interview