The art of the interview is not easy to master. But at the heart of all great journalism you find the crucial interviews that bring to life and reveal a human being or a human condition. One of the great challenges of all journalists, whether digital, print, cable, or broadcast, is the interview. This course will explore the many methods and styles of interview. Personality profiles of politicians, celebrities and ordinary people emerge from dozens of interviews. The best profiles present a full picture of the a human being, warts and all. This course will help students develop a personal interview style and will examine various interview strategies. We will provide critiques of profiles and interviews and help students find their own voice.
This course will be taught by the newest member of our Journalism faculty, Professor Luisita Torregrosa. Torregrosa, a journalist and book author, is a former assistant national editor at The New York Times. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and other national publications. Her memoir, The Noise of Infinite Longing, received the first prize for nonfiction from the Latino Book Awards in 2004; it was named one of the top 10 books of the year by the Fort Worth Star Telegram and one of the top 10 literary debuts by L.A. Weekly. Her second book, Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love & Revolution, was a Lambda Literary Foundation finalist in 2013. We are thrilled to welcome her to our faculty and urge you to take advantage of the unique opportunity to study with her!