For this assignment, I had the privilege of interviewing classmate Nick Robinson. Nick talked about his experience with water polo at UW and how he became involved in it. This assignment gave me a chance to get to know one of my classmates and discuss something he enjoys.
The interviewing experience was really interesting. I have interviewed several people in the past, but really got hands-on experience this semester. For my COJO 4110 class, we deal with feature stories, and often have to interview various people in order to get our stories solidified. I began using a digital recorder as a way to make sure what I was asking and the answers I was getting were accurate. I used my iPhone and the voice memo mechanism as a way to record sound. Unfortunately, I don’t have a high quality recorder at the moment, so my iPhone is sufficing for the time being. The interview with Nick was just an informal, relaxed sit-down conversation about a topic he wanted to discuss. I noticed that I sputtered during some questions just trying to gather my thoughts, but I did my best to come up with them on the spot.
I have really never been an interviewee, and I’ll admit that I felt famous. The one thing that I had to be careful about was that I was on the record. I didn’t want to say anything damaging, and I didn’t want to bring up specific names. I tried to avoid it as much as possible while still conveying my story. I also noticed that I was rambling, or so it seemed. It was difficult for me to fit so much of my experience into such a small time frame. I noticed too that my interview with him was much higher quality sound-wise than his was with me. I would attribute that to the fact that he had a better sound recorder than me.
I enjoyed getting to know Nick and getting to interview him. I liked that I was able to ask quite a few questions and get in-depth answers from him. I felt that it made the interview go smoothly. The interview gave me a chance to understand one of Nick’s passions, and I thought it was really cool.
Next time, I will invest in a better audio recorder. When I played the track back on my phone, I really didn’t notice anything wrong. Once I uploaded it on my computer, I noticed a high pitch frequency playing in the background. I think it was my phone because I listened to what Nick recorded for me, and that noise wasn’t there. It wasn’t an ambient noise because we were in a quiet place (the philosophy stacks in the library). Also, I need to be better at forming my thoughts without saying “uh” every now and then. If I can fix that, it will make me seem like a more articulate journalist. All in all, it was a pleasure interviewing Nick!