Mastering the Art of the Interview

    February 15, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Mastering the Art of the Interview

    We all admire a great interview, but we may not know how to bridge the gap between our normal conversational skills and the interview techniques that result in conversations that hold our attention, offer revealing insights and fresh perspectives, teach us new things, or move us to action. This class, taught by a lifelong journalist, will teach you ten ways to conduct memorable, useful interviews that will have people buzzing long after they read, see, or hear them. Mastering the art of the interview will also help you get better sound bites for everything from a simple blog post to a complex documentary film.

    Whether you communicate professionally or write memoir or nonfiction personally, the interview is the fundamental building block for great storytelling and effective communication. Techniques taught in this class are drawn from the instructor’s 30 years of conducting thousands of interviews for magazines, NPR features, and podcasts. They’re also drawn from deep-dive conversations with spectacular interviewers for the podcast Sound Judgment, which goes inside the studios — and the minds — of today’s best audio storytellers.


    Elaine Appleton Grant, a Loeb School instructor in podcasting and communications curricula, is the CEO of Podcast Allies, an audio storytelling consulting, production and training company helping public media, NGOs, social impact and higher ed organizations make beautifully crafted shows. Learn more at

    This is a free presentation from the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.