Navigating the interview: Self-guided training

by May 7, 2013
Interview photo by Flickr user dmjarvey

This webinar is for journalists on all media platforms. Photo by Flickr user dmjarvey.

The free, two-day webinar, “Getting the Goods – Interviews that Work,” was held May 8-9, 2013.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski explores the core purposes, techniques and ethics of the interview process. She reveals different interview approaches that work best in different situations and that apply to any genre of journalism.


SESSION 1: Interviewing for article; getting access and getting the goods
SESSION 2: Interviewing for story; creating storytelling partners

At your own pace, review the session materials below to strengthen your storytelling with excellent interviewing skills.

Session recording

PowerPoint presentations


Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski is the Knight Chair in Editing at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She worked as a projects editor at The Oregonian in Portland and at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. She spent 18 years as a beat reporter and take-out writer at newspapers in the Northwest and the Midwest. While at the Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” – an intimate look at the life and death of a gay farm couple – won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and a national Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

She has written from Kurdistan and Antarctica, and has made Page One with dog obituaries and criminal investigations. She has edited several award-winning projects, including the work of The Oregonian’s Tom Hallman Jr., which won the 1997 ASNE Best Writing Award. Banaszynski, a native of a Wisconsin farm village, is a 1974 graduate of Marquette University.

She has taught journalism at the Poynter Institute, the National Writers Workshops, APME NewsTrain, the University of Kansas and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Banaszynski has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.