Recent Graduate, Experienced Journalist and Competitive Fly Fisherman

National College Media Convention-2010

I just returned from Louisville, Ky. with 3 TV62 staff members. We all went to numerous sessions about a number of media topics.

I benefited the most from a session about FBI interviewing stratagies. I learned 4 things that will help get more information out of sources. We talked about the psychology of these 4 things:

1. Mirror how they are acting- If you are interviewing someone about something that they are comfortable with, the interviewee will remain close to you and appear unphased. If you are sitting down and they cross your legs and lean forward, it is a good idea that you cross your leg, subtly. Subconciously, it will make them feel more relaxed. If they lean forward, they are probably trying to tell you something that they want to be made very clear, allow them to get into this space by leaning forward. You don’t want to do this in a mocking fashion, and you want to give ample time between these gestures so they don’t think you are.

2. Ask “how” questions, not “why” questions- How questions

3. Go into the interview with no objectivity, not no clue!

4. Revisit questions that aren’t answered in a “tight” manner

Best Regards,

Tucker Horne


One response

  1. Jane Plyler

    Very interesting, Tucker. Thanks for adding to my learning curve!

    January 19, 2011 at 3:46 am

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