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Always Get the Name of the Dog

by The Ohio State University

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Course Description

Asking Questions, Getting Answers, Informing Readers
It was a complicated story of a murder in southern Ohio.
Four people were dead at the hand of a family friend, who also shot the family's dog, and then drove to Columbus to shoot at police officers.
It was a convoluted situation that required Columbus Dispatch reporter Collin Binkley to reach out to officials across jurisdictions to get the information he needed.
He did countless interviews to get quotes from family, witnesses and police. He reported the circumstances of the crime, the suspects and the environment.
After hours of interviewing and reporting, Binkley called in to share his quotes, but the news desk said he was missing one key fact.
What was the name of the dog?
Most of us think interviews are simply asking questions and getting answers, but true interviewing skill comes from asking the right questions of the right sources, and gathering the information your reader needs and wants to know.
And that is what this course is all about, as it provides a support framework for the new interactive book, “Always Get the Name of the Dog: A Guide to Media Interviewing.”
Join with us as we learn from some of the industry’s best interviewers the best interviewing practices for all types of stories and in all media types, from news articles to magazine pieces, from print to web, from audio to video. 
We will learn about finding and approaching sources, how to develop questions, how to ask questions to get the most effective and useful answers, and the quantity and quality of research needed to make these interviews the best they can be.   

And remember, no matter how many facts you gather, always get the name of the dog.  
It was Leo.

Customer Reviews


I was interested until I encountered multiple grammatical errors in the description. :-(
Please proofread before presenting your class to those who love writing. It speaks to the potential quality of the course.
Thank you.

Great course title, but...

…always get the name of a good proofreader before you post a course description. I share previous reviewer's disappointment.

Excellent Work

Bravo... And for the user "Love and Value of Learning": if you cannot go passed grammatical error on the description in that it actually stopped you from going any further, you have no Love or Value for Learning. Get off your high horse. If you're going to criticize at least review the complete work.

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