session 9

The Art and Evolution of Interviewing

Wednesdays, October 18, 25; November 1, 8
2:30–4:20 p.m.
Schwab Auditorium, Coralville Library
1401 Fifth St., Coralville
Registration Deadline: October 11 Class
Limit: 120

What makes a good radio or TV interview? Why do some conversations grab and hold our attention while others fall flat or seem staged? This course explores the challenges of interviewing from both the interviewer and guest perspectives. The goal of this class is not only to help participants become more discerning media consumers, but also to explore the nature of conversational speech and human interaction. Participants will listen to and discuss audio and video examples from the present and the past and conduct mock interviews with each other. We’ll also hear from a few guests with different perspectives on interviewing.

INSTRUCTOR: Ben Kieffer is the award-winning host of Iowa Public Radio’s River to River. A native Iowan and UI alum, Ben spent eleven years working in Europe, where he reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Prague Spring. He’s also an adjunct faculty member at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

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