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Noted: Old hands advise the new

Volume 19, Issue 2

October, 2013

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Lee, Allan (2013). Old hands advise the new. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(2): 250-253. Review of Interviewing: A guide for journalists and writers, by Gail Sedorkin (2nd edition). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2011, 206 pp. ISBN 978-174237094.
Author(s): Allan Lee
Reviewed book by Gail Sedorkin
Publication date: 
October, 2013

The best journalists are invariably good interviewers, whether they are interrogating a Cabinet minister or getting a shy refugee to open up about her struggle to find work. Excellence in interviewing comes with experience. So when the visiting scientist lapses into technical jargon at his press conference, it’s usually the most experienced journalist in the room who asks ‘the dumb question’.