Conducting interviews with video is a vital aspect of all reporting, but can be complicated and tricky. Getting it right is important for the facts of your story and can also have an ethical impact on your coverage.
National Broadcast Advisers of the Year Don Goble and Michael Hernandez recently published two books on interviews for video, which are great resources for students and advisers.
Interview An Expert, (Goble, 2015, free) is a hands-on lesson and unit in how to conduct interviews with an expert. The step-by-step guide walks you through how to select experts, research and write questions, and how to conduct and shoot the interview. It’s focus is on using mobile devices for the entire process, something that comes in handy for journalism programs on a budget, or print publications wanting to get their feet wet using video.
Art of the Video Interview, (Hernandez, 2016, $4.99) is practical guide to recording interviews aimed at journalists, podcasters and students. This book dives deep into developing interview questions, different types of compositions, lighting, how to choose microphones and more. It includes a glossary, practice exercises and resources on the law and ethics of interviews.
Both books include interactive features like videos, photo galleries and more. They’re available on the iBook Store for Mac or iOS devices.