Wednesday, March 20, 2013
the way i see it: sometimes you need a reminder.
It comes as a result of a bond of trust and an ease that's flowed throughout the whole conversation. I studied it as a teen and as a journalism student when I would watch and listen to veteran reporters do their thing. It's easy to forget that this moment exists when surrounded by the 24 hour news cycle, though sometimes you do get those rare moments in the prime time hours. As a student of literary journalism, the importance of unearthing these moments is embedded at the front of our minds every time we begin an interview, but I've found that they only emerge when you don't push it, when you let the interview transform into a real connection. Some call it manipulative or soft, arguing that hard news writing is the only kind of interviews that matter. I've done my share of hard interviews, don't get me wrong, but I think I'll always prefer the boldness it takes to produce a long form feature.
It's after these kind of interviews that I remember exactly why I fell in love in college with storytelling. I don't want to keep living without those moments.