Research Interviewing

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This weeks first reading “Research Interviewing” at first seemed straightforward and objectively stated how to conduct and construct a successful interview. I couldn’t help but consider current broadcast and print media and the more commercial channels.

The first reading shows the comparisons of interview questions and their pro’s and cons. More interestingly was when we finally reached the part about conducting the interview where it states, “you should present as being honest, trustworthy, reliable and open”. With countless stories broadcast by the commercial broadcast stations and the print media released upon the general public on a daily basis with such bias, I couldn’t help but think how things can get so distorted.

The general expectation for any reporter, newsreader or journalist particularly on the commercial channels is that they (hopefully) have studied media/journalism at university. With this in mind I still find it so hard to believe that the stories brought to us at the most popular hour and splashed across the main pages of print media are biased, dishonest and are an unreliable source of news. You only have to look as far back as the ‘hey dad scandal’ and the interview with ‘so called’ journalist Tracy Grimshaw. Not only did the interview make a mockery of the Australian legal system by assuming guilt by media but it was subjective in its approach, poisoning the minds of less critical viewers.

Guilty or not everyone deserves the right to a fair trial, which clearly was not taken into consideration by the media or by a (so called) experienced journalist. This is just one dramatized version of what we are subjected to on a daily basis. With this in mind I can’t help but think where and how broadcast and print media become so skewed. Media students are drilled to be objective, honest, fair and respectful (and the list goes on). With potential commercial reporters amongst us I wonder is the foundation and principles of media lost, forgotten or just plain ignored when conducting an interview that could be published or broadcast to the masses. Has the commercialization of the media and ratings success eroded the principles of journalistic integrity. The pursuit of the advertising dollar seems to consume the sole purpose of the media, which should be to bring truth to the public.

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