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The Oregon Method

Second Edition

Peter Laufer and John Russial

Published by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

6 × 9. B&W photos. 400 pages.

2019. ISBN ISBN 9780870719875. Paperback, $25.00.

Interviewing: The Oregon Method is a collection of practical and analytical essays from more than three dozen professional interviewers, scholars, and teachers. This revised and expanded second edition of the popular professional tool features a new foreword and a dozen new chapters designed to aid journalists navigating the contemporary “fake news” and “enemy of the people” media landscape.

The book’s chapters take focused looks at a wide variety of issues, including interview ethics, the sanctity of quotes, interviewing in the virtual world, negotiating identity, and building rapport. The art of the interview has been taught at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for generations. This foundational text binds those years of experience into a collection of vibrant essays designed to train novices and invigorate old hands.

Interviewing is edited by Peter Laufer, the University of Oregon’s James Wallace Chair Professor of Journalism. As he tells his students, “The interview is intimate, immediate, and often an entrée toward the soul. Conducting interviews can be both great fun and an art form.” This is a primer for the digital age, yet one embracing age-old lessons that make clear the crucial importance of successful interviewing techniques for speaking truth to power along with other productive forms of civic engagement.


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