Photojournalism is not always just taking photos, although that is definitely the biggest part of it. However sometimes you have to do some interviews on the scene. Knowing how to interview is very important as it can lead you to better understand someone, and help them be wiling to share information. There are a few tips that can be very helpful in our interview attempts.
First, you need to put the camera down and talk to them.
If they feel that you are just waiting to ambush them with a photo they will probably be less likely to give you real answers to questions. They may instead choose to just give you short one or two sentence answers that dont help you understand what they are trying to convey.
W have all had conversations with people before where it feels like you are talking to a wall. They are not listening and you can tell. Now most people will stop talking to someone who is not listening. So as a journalist you need to make sure that you are not only asking good questions but that give you the answers you need but that you are also not missing opportunities for clarification.
Recording interviews is very important. If you are quoting someone, and you are writing down everything they say, it can seem as though you arnt listening and everything that I mentioned above will happen. If you record your conversation you can accurately quote them, as well as ensure that you are listening to them.