Tell me about your childhood....
April 25, 2009 5:13 AM Subscribe
How do I extract information from people? I'm a self-taught journalist who profiles people in my community. Interviews always go well when we discuss the interviewee's special area of knowledge, but I stall when trying to move beyond that.
posted by Jason and Laszlo to Human Relations (13 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
For example, if my subject is an artist, I'm good at talking about art with them. But I'd like to know more about their personal life to round out the article (my model is the New Yorker). What aspects of a person's life should I be interested in? What should I want to know about them, beyond what everyone else already knows? How do I move the conversation away from the agreed upon topic? How do I make them feel comfortable while doing this?