Learning from a legendary interviewer: Barbara Walters

Broadcast journalist and interviewer, Barbara Walters, passed away at the age of 93 this past week. Walters conducted political and personality interviews for over 50 years and created the popular talk show, “The View”, which she anchored until the age of 84 (Stanley, 2022), at which time she retired in 2014. Although broadcast journalists’ interviews … Continue reading Learning from a legendary interviewer: Barbara Walters

Designing studies using walking interviews

For researchers exploring research questions to do with space, place, and people’s mobility and everyday routines, walking interviews can be a useful method. Although going along with participants during daily activities and asking them questions about activities and routines has long been part of an anthropologist’s toolkit, there has been a surge in interest and … Continue reading Designing studies using walking interviews

Examining Interviews in Cinematic Society

We mostly think of interviews as question-answer sequences. Because of the ubiquity of “interviews” in contemporary society —job interviews, clinical interviews, research interviews, journalistic interviews, and more —we tend to take what an interview is at face value. Sometimes, however, interviews are not really interviews at all. Such is the case of what was known … Continue reading Examining Interviews in Cinematic Society

Designing interview studies

When researchers design qualitative interview studies they make a range of decisions. These decisions relate to pre- and post- elements of a study and impact what happens during the conduct of a study. This infographic represents decision points arranged in five areas. Although presented linearly, answering these questions can occur concurrently. It is important for … Continue reading Designing interview studies

What’s new in qualitative interviewing?

The first journalistic interviews were conducted in the early part of the 19th century. By the early 1900s, researchers had taken up interviews as a method and were asking questions of people using lengthy surveys. Over the past century, interviews have become one of the most widely used research methods in social sciences research across … Continue reading What’s new in qualitative interviewing?

Interviewing interviewers about interviewing

In daily life we are exposed to a range of interview types through public media and entertainment. For example, we see suspects interviewed by detectives in television shows and films. We learn about well-known people and celebrities when broadcast interviewers interview famous guests for news programs, documentaries and podcasts. We gain information about world events, … Continue reading Interviewing interviewers about interviewing

Elicitation in Qualitative Interviewing

This week, we have a guest blogger, Janie Copple, who talks about methods of eliciting participants' descriptions in interviews. Janie Copple—is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program at the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to UGA, Janie completed a Master’s degree in history from the University of … Continue reading Elicitation in Qualitative Interviewing

Interviewing friends

This week's guest blog post on interviewing friends was co-authored by Sarah Stice, Jennifer Johnston, and Areeb Gul, who are graduate students at the University of Georgia. When it comes to qualitative interviewing, there has always been a focus on the relationship between the interviewer and the interviewee in terms of how to build rapport … Continue reading Interviewing friends

Interviewing women

This week's post is a screencast on interviewing women by Jiyea Park and Areeb Gul. Jiyea Park is a doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership, Organization Development at the University of Georgia (UGA). Jiyea was born in South Korea and has lived in Korea, China, and the U.S. Before joining UGA, Jiyea completed her undergraduate … Continue reading Interviewing women

Great reads… Robert Caro’s “Working”

Now in his 80s, author Robert A. Caro provides a wonderful example to other writers of not only how to keep going in spite of challenges, but how to conduct exemplary research. Caro has been awarded numerous prizes for his work – which includes biographies of urban planner Robert Moses, and a four-volume biography of … Continue reading Great reads… Robert Caro’s “Working”