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Remote Interviews 101
I am delighted you will be joining me for a remote recorded interview. Here is some helpful information before we talk.
This is a trade name for journalism produced by Bramwell Ryan. I have been freelancing for many years. I am a generalist pursing stories that are of interest to me. My work is independent and thorough. I strive for balance. I also work cross-platform thus interviews may be used for accuracy in a print quote or they may end up in a radio or video piece.
Selected samples of my work are on the home page of this website and here is a short biography.
In my work I strive to present material in a friendly, engaged and lively manner. I believe learning best happens when there’s a conversational tone, with energy and a warm connection between speaker and listener. So, unless we are dealing with heavy and dark topics, there’s no need for earnest seriousness or a sombre tone during our chat. I invite you to be winsome, revelatory, open and enthusiastic. I am a big fan of curiosity, thoughtfulness and even laughter.
I’m also fond of grace and am grateful there are second chances. Obviously I extend that to all interviewees and want to assure you that unless our recording is live-to-air (very rare) you can always take another run at a reply or statement if you feel you would rather present things differently. I edit all interviews and will include the right ’take’ in selected clips.
Technology can be intimidating but hopefully this will make it easier and non-threatening.
For our remote recording I will send you a Zencastr link in a booking email. Zencastr is a way for us to get clear audio and video without being in the same room. The key with this kind of interview is to have a set of headphones with a mic (the standard issue Apple headphones – or something similar – are perfect) plugged in to your computer. Ensure you are using a computer with an on-board camera. When the time we’ve arranged to chat arrives, on a desktop or laptop (sorry, no mobile phone option exists) simply click on the link in the booking email, enter your name in the correct spot and then talk like it’s a regular telephone call.
A few more things:
- prior to the interview can you please quit your email program (newly arrived email often makes a sound which will be picked up on the recording)
- kindly mute your phone
- avoid wearing anything with checks or stripes
- please ensure there is good light on your face and don’t sit in front of a window
I look forward to our conversation.
Contact me if you need to change something or if you have questions.