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Friday, January 4 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The heart of an interview

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Journalists – now more than ever are being challenged with a toxic mix of polarised rhetoric, propaganda and disinformation. That’s why the art of asking the right questions and leveraging the right interview techniques is critical as we wade through news about our climate charged with the impending apocalypse, or politically and socially charged events that are challenged by our own cultural and tribal beliefs. This session will look at narrative story telling, the psychology of questions, formal and informal styles of communication and when to use each. We will address how to develop and use empathy and when to employ the power of silence in search of the “beautiful question” that unlocks the story. Participants will understand and identify manipulative and persuasive questioning techniques and consider the various channels of communication and how to determine which is appropriate.

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Don Shafer

Managing Director, Hamilton Media Group
Don is a veteran broadcaster, student, and consultant with the Hamilton Media Group. He is committed to using all that comes with a career in media, as well as what he is learning at Simon Fraser University as he completes his master’s degree to help effect positive social change... Read More →

Friday January 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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