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How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else [Kindle Edition]

Jason Arnopp
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Book Description

"This guide to interviewing is tremendous fun, with some genuine insight into the whole process. Fascinating stuff, and properly amusing too. Brilliant!" - TOM SPILSBURY, editor of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

"With a great sense of humour and a sharp ear for the telling quote, Jason Arnopp is an interviewer who always gets the goods. Read and learn” - ANDREW HARRISON (the editor of Q and former Editorial Director of MIXMAG and SMASH HITS).

"Boy, I wish this book had been around when I started out. You can buy it as a PDF direct from the author for less than the cost of most magazines, and I'd advise new journalists to do so" - CATHERINE BRAY, FILM4.COM editor

Want to learn how to interview people as a journalist? Maybe you’re curious about exactly how journalists interview people. Or maybe you're a pro in need of a refresher course, perhaps with some new thoughts thrown in. HOW TO INTERVIEW DOCTOR WHO, OZZY OSBOURNE AND EVERYONE ELSE will be your guide.

Drawing on 23 years of experience and with over 1000 interviews behind him, JASON ARNOPP aims to tell you everything he knows about interrogating the great and good. He has spent these decades interviewing celebrities and rock stars like OZZY OSBOURNE and DOCTOR WHO star MATT SMITH for the likes of Heat, Doctor Who Magazine, Q, SFX and Kerrang!, but the vast majority of the principles described here will apply to ANY journalistic interviewing task. You need this book in your toolbox!

Written in an engaging, conversational style, HOW TO INTERVIEW... packs in over 28,000 words of practical wisdom. You’ll learn about the craft of interviewing, all the way from deciding how you’ll record your interviews, to devising questions, to dealing with various types of interviewee, to writing and editing your article.

Beyond that, however, you’ll get a real feel for what it’s like out there on the front-line. The surprises which PR folk may spring on you when you arrive to conduct your interview. The challenge of getting a reluctant, or even downright angry, interviewee to warm to you and open up. Even what to do when you realise that your recording device has failed to record the interview!

Sections in the book include the following:

Three Things You'll Need To Refer To During The Interview

Five Qualities That Make For A Good Interviewer

Seven Ways To Set Your Interviewee At Ease

The Eight Types Of Interviewee

Interviewing With An Audience

Fandom Vs Professionalism

The PR Establishes A No-Go Area

Can An Interviewee Ever Become Your Friend?

Underhand Tactics & Grey Areas

Becoming A Fly On The Wall

The Dreaded Roundtable Interview


Nightmare Situations

Transcription: A Necessary Evil

How Verbatim Do You Need To Be With Those Quotes?

The Structure Of An Interview Article

Author Arnopp even throws in a personal guarantee. If you buy this book and are left with questions, he’ll answer them via a Formspring account exclusive to purchasers.

Learn the JOURNALISTIC SECRETS of interviewing, with this incredible, indispensable volume!

"Jason Arnopp is one of those ludicrous, funny people who manages to get the most reticent of stars to tell him things that they really shouldn't. As a journalist, he is blessed with a remarkable bedside manner. He might be able to teach you a thing or two” - PHIL ALEXANDER (MOJO Editor-In-Chief and former KERRANG! Editor).

“It was my very happy experience to work with and read Jason Arnopp for a number of years on Kerrang! Jason's interviews were always funny, smart, passionate… blah, blah, blah. But one singular thing marked him apart in his field – he had the invaluable ability to ask the unexpected question that caught both subject and reader off guard, and unfailingly meant you found out something new about whomever he was interviewing" - PAUL REES (former Editor of Q Editor and Kerrang!).

Product Details

  • File Size: 212 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Retribution (August 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H63F6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interviews--How they happen November 22, 2011
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_How to Interview_ is highly recommended for both the reader who may be a journalist heading out to get that next interview, or, is instead an avid reader of the next celebrity interview.

Jason Arnopp's book is based well in his obvious experience in the interviewing of television, film and music celebrities. His brief examples of having interviewed Ozzy Osborne, Matt Smith of Doctor Who, and John Hurt, bring home his points about what might work and not work for an interviewee of any genre and field. He is quick to assure the reader that he is not setting himself up as an absolute authority, but his suggestions and insights are sound.

This particular reader started out the book, thinking that Mr. Arnopp's experiences might be entertaining, but that nothing new might be found within the pages. To the contrary, and to my delight, he touched upon points I would not have considered. And I have had the personal pleasure of spending much time talking closely with television celebrities now and again. I am not a journalist, may never have the golden opportunity of being commissioned or asked to undertake an actual interview, but I do love to read what celebrities have to say. I appreciate being reminded that such a simple pleasure still comes after a good deal of attention, focus, and dedicated work by the interviewer.

I do heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in this process and the final wonderful entertaining fascinating result--that precious interesting interview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book to have on hand when interviewing July 3, 2013
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I have recently started doing a lot of interviews for my website and needed a good brush-up on how best to proceed. Arnopp's book is now my interview bible. Not only is it a fun read, but it also gives some great insight on how to plan for an interview, what sorts of questions to ask, how to make your interviewees comfortable and a whole lot more. If you ever have to interview anyone for anything, READ this book.
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More About the Author

Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. He is the man behind two Kindle-exclusive fiction titles: Beast In The Basement (a suspenseful, mind-blowing horror-thriller) and A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home (a chilling and groundbreaking short story set in YOUR home.)

Arnopp wrote and executive-produced the Lionsgate US horror film Stormhouse, script-edited Peter Mullan thriller The Man Inside and has contributed fiction to the worlds of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Friday The 13th.

In Arnopp's previous life as a rock journalist, he was once surrounded by angry guards holding semi-automatic weapons at The Vatican. His Slipknot biography, Slipknot: Inside The Sickness, Behind The Masks, was released in 2001 and is now available as a Kindle Edition. Arnopp has also written a 2011 guide to journalistic interviewing, entitled How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else, which is also out on Kindle.


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