5 Tips for Shooting Good Sit-Down Interviews from the International Journalists’ Network


This is a great piece by MJ Daoud on the IJnet.org. The piece, titled “Five steps for shooting the perfect sit-down interview,” offers a variety of practical tips for beginners (and reminders for veterans). It covers everything from selecting the right chair for your interview to why you should put your keys in the refrigerator if there’s one in the room.

There’s even a handy PDF of the tips linked to in the post you can download and share with your staff.



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