Creating Journalists at Emmanuel College

A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801

What to expect when you’re interviewed by AP

Some guidelines for journalism students, via Associated Press.
You DID buy the AP Stylebook, right?

THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE

Sometimes people ask about the “ground rules” when they’re being interviewed or photographed by AP. Here’s what you should expect when working with an AP reporter, photographer or videographer:
_ We want to hear and see your story. We’ll try hard to accurately convey what you say, and to provide background that gives the context for your remarks.
_ We prefer to talk to you directly. We seek to do all interviews in person or by phone, Skype or similar. Sometimes we may ask questions by email. But our story will then characterize our exchange as an email conversation, not an interview.
_ We want to interview you on the record, with your name in our story, radio report, TV piece or photo caption. We can grant anonymity in some cases but our rules are quite strict. Generally we bar any anonymous expressions of opinion, and do not grant anonymity…

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This entry was posted on January 22, 2015 by in AP Style, Journalism.

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