I love covering breaking news. I smile just thinking about it. I’m sure it’s the adrenaline rush and the competitive thing coming out: I just want to know everything before everyone else. And when I’ve reported a story, I’ve found myself driven to find out the one thing none of the other media have figured out yet about the story — or discover the one person (I wrote “character” first, revealing my fiction background, no doubt) whose point of view is most interesting or crucial to the story. The hard part is thinking of all the right questions in the very little time we have as journalists and asking them in the right away. The other hard part is deciding what’s most important to tell the reader right now and what can wait. Have a look at these 10 Tips for a great interview. Keep them in mind when you’re doing interviews on a breaking news story.
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