Asking the right questions

Poynter Online recently featured an interesting essay that discussed the issue of asking the “right” questions. We journalists often fall into the trap of asking too many questions — not literally. For lack of a term, the Poynter Online essay calls them “double-barreled” questions. Questions that contain more than one question. Okay, how does this make or break a story? As a rule of thumb, substance counts more than structure. But in the case of asking questions, structure also does matter. Simple questions will produce simple and yet quotable answers. Open-ended questions will lead you to better answers.

As the Poynter Online article states:

Questions are precise instruments that can make the difference between an answer and a quotable one, according to interviewing expert John Sawatsky.

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Erwin Oliva

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