From Life Hacker:
One interview miscue mentioned in this article that I am certainly guilty of is the rambling question. Sometimes I will ask a long question and give my subject multiple “options” to answer. It is quite clear that a brief, open-ended question will illicit a far better response from the subject.
From Rob Boffard:
Something that I have encountered myself that Boffard points out is people wanting to retract their statements because it may “make them look bad.” It is an awkward experience when this happens because, as a journalist, you have a right and obligation to use the words that your subject has spoken, but at the same time, you do not want to betray the trust of your source. So best case scenario, the subject has read this article and is fully aware of interview protocol.
This article was particularly interesting because it discusses non-traditional methods of getting quotes for a story. All of these methods generate different types of responses from different types of people. I found the online quote crowdsourcing to be especially intriguing. While it may not be ideal for a very serious piece, this can be useful different types of stories and is a way to engage with both those you wish to hear from and your readers. This uses technology to gather thoughtful responses and helps in gaining a better picture of the situation.
One thing that Blaine points out that to be a necessity (yet is often too overlooked in modern journalism) is proper grammar. In the era of breaking news and Twitter journalism, reporters can sometimes favor immediacy over accuracy–concerning facts and grammar. It has become far too commonplace in the field of journalism to come across spelling and grammar mistakes in breaking news stories. Blaine asserts that even one spelling mistake in a story can cost you your audience’s trust.