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Do other Hubbers conduct interviews for their articles?

  1. JTRyder profile image87
    JTRyderposted 2 years ago

    I have a tendency to do a lot of interviews for my articles, whether it's for book reviews, music reviews, celebrity interviews, etc. I haven't found many hubs that utilize interviews....in fact, I've only found one that does, but maybe I'm not digging deep enough or using the right search parameters. If there are those that do use interviews, or those that want to, is there a way to share information on how to get in contact with certain interviewees, answers to how best approach PR agents, how to structure interview questions and how to transcribe and break up an interview into a cohesive article? I have some contacts and experience and I'm sure that there are others out there that do as well. How do we share that information...and is there any interest in it?

    1. peachpurple profile image76
      peachpurpleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      i have not done any interview yet but I had read them and boy, it is difficult task for me.

  2. CJGrace profile image79
    CJGraceposted 2 years ago

    Interviews is something I'm interested in as well! In fact, I'm working on re-doing my logo to start a podcast.

    1. JTRyder profile image87
      JTRyderposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Let me know where your area of interests lie. I have a huge database of people to contact.

  3. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago

    Yes, there are plenty of Hubbers who conduct interviews.  You can read some of Donna Cosmato's hubs to see how she does it.  http://donnacosmato.hubpages.com/
    If I remember correctly, she had a hub that had a link to a free website that serves as a clearinghouse for people who want to be interviewed and people who want to interview them. I can't find the hub right now and can't remember the site, but the good news is that there is at least one.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image89
      Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ah, found it.  Yes it is Donna who introduced me to the site. It is called Help a Reporter Out. http://www.helpareporter.com/

      As to your other questions, I think that interviewing people is sure to get you original information that can't be found elsewhere on the web, and adds a level of authority to your hub. 

      It is up to you how you share the information.  You can either transcribe the interview and present that on your hub (as Donna does), or write an article that summarizes everything, and add a few quotes.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image86
        rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I've done one interview hub with a YouTube sensation who has been picked up by Interscope Records.  It was a lot of fun, plus I'm still in contact with the artist.  It obviously is for those who have heard of him and want to know more about him (Nick Gardner).  It ranks well and is full of original, unique info straight from the source.  He's getting ready to tour with Maroon 5 on their European tour.

        I'm thinking of interviewing a model who I know.  I think it would make a great hub with great photos. I have to see what's in her contract. 

        Happy Thanksgiving!

      2. JTRyder profile image87
        JTRyderposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks a million Millionaire! I write both styles of interview....it depends on how much more information I need to convey that won't fit into the style of a transcription. On the other hand, if the interview is mostly seamless and covers all the topics, I'll go that route.
        @Elle I have done one interview with models...they were actually a bikini team. it was interesting to get a behind the scenes look at what they actually did from a business perspective and it was also challenging to bring that all into the article. I hope you do the interview with the model!

  4. CassandraCae profile image90
    CassandraCaeposted 2 years ago

    I haven't done interviews for hubs but I am putting together a interview question sheet for crochet designers so that they can feature a few projects and a little about themselves on my blog.

    1. JTRyder profile image87
      JTRyderposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Doing the same questions for a single group/article is a great way to stitch the piece together (no crocheting pun intended) to make is seem more conversational. Then you're not trying to wedge a whole lot of answered into an article...it sometimes turns out disjointed and jarring.

  5. CassandraCae profile image90
    CassandraCaeposted 2 years ago

    I haven't done interviews for hubs but I am putting together a interview question sheet for crochet designers so that they can feature a few projects and a little about themselves on my blog.

  6. Arachnea profile image83
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    Yes. I have one posted and a few on the drawing board.

  7. PegCole17 profile image91
    PegCole17posted 2 years ago

    Do you mean interviews with celebrities or just regular people?
    Drbj does celebrity interviews with dead people (humorous).
    Marcoujor does interviews with Hubbers like Mckbirdbks, GennaEast, Bravewarrior and others.
    There is currently a challenge by Availiasvision to interview ourselves, answered by Tillsontitan, DzyMsLizzie, Suzettenaples, Jodah and others.

    Peg

    1. JTRyder profile image87
      JTRyderposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I will definitely have to read some of Drbj's stuff. That sounds hilarious!
      To answer the rest of your comment. not necessarily "celebrities" per se, but people that would have an expert opinion about an article you are writing or...well...anyone really. When you read a serious article and it is only truly a commentary of the writer's opinions or utilizes stats and quotes from previously published articles, it can kind of get lost. When you interview someone who may have a more insider's view of a topic, it definitely brings it to another level. Even with celebrity interviews (and I would include musicians, television/movie stars, writers, comedians, etc) there are some technical aspects that aren't easy to learn from scratch. I guess what my original question was was whether there was a place here on Hubpages where there could be a group that could share advice on question writing styles and how to go through all the proper channels to secure an interview.
      There are some things that I do, for example, that makes the interview process a bit more unique. First: I try to never ask a question I can find on the Internet. (As full disclosure: there are times when I have to, such as if someone is putting a new album out or is starting a new tour...it's expected). For example, when i interviewed one of the guys from the Blue Man Group, I asked questions pertaining to the psychology and the social aspect of their popularity. Halfway through the interview  he stopped me and said, "This is great that we're talking about this! Usually all I get asked is 'why blue?'"

  8. someblogs profile image60
    someblogsposted 2 years ago

    Yeah it is good to take interviews as it gives more weight to your hub.
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