Former JFK grad: An interview with Sal Guinta

For: Tuesday, Sept. 9

US Army photofile: Medal of Honor Winner Sal Guinta

US Army photofile: Medal of Honor Winner Sal Guinta


Blog Assignment 3: 

Last week you heard/saw reporter Katie Couric’s interviewing suggestions and techniques. Here is a new link, one to a 60 Minutes story, in which the reporter conducts an interview with former Kennedy student Sal Guinta. Click here for the interview.

As we discussed in class, interviewing can certainly be done quickly and on-the-fly, but interviews often take careful thinking and deliberate planning.

Watch this interview and assess the reporter’s questioning….how does it feel like a conversation? In a new blog post on your own site, please address the following:

  • What interviewing techniques / approaches do you see/hear in action?
  • What are some of the reporter’s best questions? Why?
  • What surprised you about how the reporter handled the source? And/or, what surprised you about how the source handled the questions or interviewer?
  • Please add 1-2 more ideas about this interview — your thoughts, reactions, comments, or questions?
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