I have never liked email interviews. Sources’ responses to questions end up sounding like press release quotes, and you don’t actually, truly know whether the answers are coming from the actual interviewee, or a handler. That’s why at the Missourian, we avoid email interviews and why we’re transparent with readers when a quote or piece of information came from one.
So I was pretty interested in this bit of news from Poynter.
Have you been asked by a source to email your questions and to conduct the interview via email? If so, how did you handle it?