Across all media — print, radio, television, podcast and beyond — journalists thrive on conducting effective interviews. It’s an intricate skill: crafting questions, pivoting around new information, listening intently, managing your biases and more.
This one-hour webinar will help you conduct stronger interviews from Joshua Johnson, host of the public radio program “1A.” Every weekday Johnson interviews diverse sources on topics from every aspect of our national conversation, in ways that make listeners think, share and engage.
Webinar topics will include:
- Preparing for discussions outside your expertise
- Eliciting deeper responses from guests
- When humor is appropriate, and how to use it
- Dealing with challenging, combative or tight-lipped guests
- Interviewing multiple guests at once
Joshua Johnson hosts 1A, one of the most important daily conversations in America. The program is a production of WAMU in Washington, D.C., and distributed by NPR. Launched at a tumultuous time for news and inspired by the 1st Amendment, Johnson and 1A bring new insight and inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time.
Johnson and the 1A team are working on “Re-Imagining the Public Radio Talk Show.”
Johnson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began his public radio career helping launch a unique regional news partnership between Miami’s NPR station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald. Then he served for over five years as morning newscaster for KQED in San Francisco.
Before joining WAMU, Johnson co-created and hosted the provocative nationwide public radio series Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. Johnson also taught podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.