Comparative Analysis of Global Media Interview Techniques

Edafejirhaye, I. Vincent, Adebola, O. Igbekele, Akintayo, O. Atinuke


An engaging interview is essentially a good conversation. Good journalism is dependent on a conversation and participation. At the heart of this issue is the interview. Different types of interviews call for different styles, techniques and different starting points.  Thus, this paper focused on comparative analysis of interview techniques employed by foreign and local journalists. With particular focus on interview programmes anchored by Stephen Sackure of BBC, Christiane Amanpour of CNN , Modele Sarafa-Yusuf of Channels , Oluwayomi Osuntokun of EKTV and Michael Malomon of Adaba 88.9 FM,  France 24, NTA, TVC and SilverBird televisions. The findings shown that some interviewers are yet to fully comply with global acceptable norms of Media interview.  Also, local and national journalists still have some inferiority complexity and kind of fear to ask certain questions from the interviewees even if they knew that question will improve the quality of the interview process. But, foreign journalists are very bold, confident and speak at a realize mood, but very frank with issues at stake. The paper suggests that all media houses retrain their anchor men and women to adopt the acceptable global standard. Also that the local journalists should watch foreign interview programmes on CNN, BBC and AL JAZEERA. And persons interested in interviewing should seek quality training and observe experienced interviewers whenever possible; then get more experience.

Keywords: Media interview, interview technique, Attitudes, Interviewer, interviewee, foreign journalists, and local journalists.

DOI: 10.7176/NMMC/84-03

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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