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Auburn Media Training Download: How to give & get an interview
By Kellie Anderson-Picallo
February 29, 2012
Great interviewers are frequently great interviewees - and vice versa.
So in this Auburn Media Download, we'll take on both sides of the equation: how to give and conduct a good interview.
Below, you'll find out how Auburn Media Training alumn Wajahat Ali became a prominent voice on the Lowe's / American Muslim controversy in The New York Times with one good quote - just 33 words to be exact. (That's fewer words than there are in this paragraph!)
We were inspired by an Ask Auburn Media query about how to capture powerful faith stories in interviews. Our Director of Media and Education Kellie Anderson-Picallo, an award-winning television producer and writer who earned her stripes at PBS before joining our team, shares three great video interview tips in this Auburn Media Download.
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All it takes is one good quote
San Francisco-based Wajahat Ali is an Auburn Media Training alum, and a playwright, attorney and commentator on post 9-11 Muslim American identity and politics, multicultural art and activism, and New Media Journalism.
In December, Ali was one of the grassroots organizers of a coalition of bloggers who drew attention to the decision by Lowe's Home Improvement to pull advertising from the popular TLC reality show All-American Muslim after pressure from an anti-Muslim fundamentalist group called the Florida Family Association.
The astonishing part: the group that intimidated a national corporation has only one employee.
It was Ali's quote about the Florida Family Association in The New York Times that made him a national spokesperson and propelled his message to dozens of news outlets around the country. What was the quote?
An Auburn Media Tip from Macky: "Look how Wajahat used everyday language to make such an important news story accessible. For Wajahat, 'dude' was an authentic and tongue-in-cheek turn of phrase and it absolutely worked. Remember to always message around your own clear and authentic ideas and language to make your point."
You can read The New York Times article "Waging a One-Man War on American Muslims" online.
Wajahat Ali is currently writing an upcoming HBO series about a Muslim cop in San Francisco. Follow him on Twitter @wajahatali.
Ask Auburn Media: How to conduct a good interview
Auburn Media Training alum Kat Banakis, the Community Connector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois, wanted to do video interviews with church members. Her challenge: many had never done an "interview."
Here are a three simple tips for capturing powerful stories in video interviews from Auburn Media's Director of Media and Education Kellie Anderson-Picallo:
Do you have a media or digital quandary? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you craft strategies that work. Plus, you can be featured in our next Download!
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