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The Art of the Interview

with Tania Ketenjian

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    04:05
  •   02 What is Your interview

    04:45

Class duration: 1h 28m

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About The Class

How to Prepare for, Conduct, and Edit a Captivating Interview

Doing an interview is much more than just asking a bunch of questions and listening to the answers. A great interviewer puts in hours of preparation and research to learn as much as they can about the interviewee. They know how to ask the right follow-up questions to keep the conversation going, and they know when to dive deeper into the most promising aspects of a story.

Journalist, documentarian, and sound artist Tania Ketenjian will help you discover, analyze, and be deeply inspired by the art of the interview. She’ll go over each step of the process, from pre-interview prep to conducting the interview to editing the finished product. By the end, you’ll get over your fears and be able to walk into any interview with poise and confidence.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Choose the right interviewees and book them.
  • Conduct research and prepare a solid list of questions.
  • Structure your interview but be open to digressions.
  • Listen effectively and ask the right follow-up questions.
  • Be flexible enough to allow for serendipitous magic.
  • Get your interview back on track when it goes wrong.
  • Edit your interview so it’s coherent, engaging, and fluid.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:05
  2. 02

    What is Your interview

    04:45
  3. 03

    Establishing the Story You Want to Tell

    12:35
  4. 04

    Who is Going to Illustrate Your Story Best

    06:46
  5. 05

    Strategies and Tactics of Acquiring the Interview

    04:24
  6. 06

    Researching Your Subject

    03:42
  7. 07

    Getting Everything Prepared for Your Interview

    03:43
  8. 08

    The Interview Work Flow & Finding the Magic

    03:55
  9. 09

    How to Begin the Interview

    08:48
  10. 10

    How to Be

    17:43
  11. 11

    How to End the Interview

    04:21
  12. 12

    How and Why to Follow-Up

    13:50

Meet Your Expert

Tania Ketenjian

Tania Ketenjian is the co-founder and editor in chief of SOUND MADE PUBLIC a creative agency based in San Francisco that believes what we hear changes the way we see the world. She has been an audio producer for nearly two decades, starting her career in New York and then producing nationally and internationally for NPR, the BBC, ABC in Australia and many others. ... read more

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  • linda

    June 2019

    What a great class! The instructor is wonderful to listen to and her samples of interviews are excellent. Definitely recommended.

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    December 2018

    I loved Tania's passion. I was curious to take a class about the Art of the Interview. I'm glad this class exists. This course is the perfect companion to my copy of Lawrence Grobel's The Art of the Interview.

  • Michelle MartinF

    Michelle MartinF

    September 2018

    Tania's passion for pulling stories from people is palpable. She played snippets of audio stories, which she then used to point out what kinds of questions may have elicited such poignant moments. What a useful way to improve my own interview skills!

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