Blab to the World About Yourself
Same Thing With Kari Warberg Block
Quite simply Warberg Block is a media hound who apparently revels in personal publicity—Twitter, LinkedIn, cover stories, etc. She wants fame and notoriety.
And then she backed into red-hot stove in the form of the AP's Joyce M. Rosenberg and got her backside badly burned.
How I Interview
For me, touch-typing has been a godsend. My fingers are an extension of my thought process.
For example, when I interview someone for a story, I use my laptop and can take down what is being said while maintaining eye contact with my subject.
I never use a tape recorder; I would rather concentrate on the questions and answers in my head and in the computer.
This intensity beats sitting through a casual interview twice—once during the recording and a second time transcribing the tape with all the "ums," "ers," "ahs" and pauses. In 50 years of using this system, not one of my subjects has ever accused me of being misquoted.
"[Studs Terkel] uses a tape recorder and I feel that's a great mistake," Truman Capote told Denis Brian.
"Because the moment you introduce a mechanical device into the interview technique, you are creating an atmosphere in which the person isn't going to feel really relaxed, because they're watching themselves."
EXCEPTION: It is imperative to flesh out the notes as soon as possible. If you know you can't get to them within 48 hours, my suggestion would be to use a tape recorder.
Here's a warning to anyone being interviewed. Many in the media are far more interested in making news and spreading the fact they made news rather than reporting it. File this warning away in your brain and never forget it:
"There is no such thing as off-the-record."