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How to look natural on air: Self-guided training

In this half-day workshop, journalists learned tactics for successful television interviews from an off-camera anchor. “How to Look Natural On Air,” gave participants a chance to practice interviewing skills and learn from critiques to better enhance their camera presence.

The workshop was held during the 2010 Society of American Business Editors & Writers conference in Phoenix.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

This workshop was led by Susan Green, the broadcast director of the Cronkite News Service in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

SELF-GUIDED LESSON

Take a look through the recordings and resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on how to look natural on air.

How to look natural on air: A practice session from Reynolds Center on Vimeo.

  • Session recording

    Presentaton: How to look natural on air

    Highlights at:

    • 5 minutes: Clips
    • 10 minutes: Print reporters on their TV experiences
    • 22 minutes: Sit-down interview
    • 1 hour: Practical tips while on-air
  • Instructor

    Susan Green: The broadcast director of the Cronkite News Service in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

  • Additional resources

    Want to prep for your next radio or television interview? Check out Green's tip sheet (PDF) for handling the process like a pro.
  • More tips

    Here's advice on how to nail a variety of interviews you may encounter as a journalist, from sit-down television spots to radio segments.

About the Author

Kelly is the Reynolds Center's Senior Online Producer. She has worked as a reporter for several newspapers, most recently The Arizona Republic, and has been an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from West Virginia University. Kelly also was a fellow at The Poynter Institute and a contributing writer for "Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss & Hope."

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