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True / False Quiz

  1. Interviews always should be short.
      a. True
      b. False
  2. The best available source is always a person. Documents and records should only be used to verify facts, not as a primary source.
      a. True
      b. False
  3. Reporters should seek just as many sources when covering a topic that is not controversial as when covering a topic that is controversial.
      a. True
      b. False
  4. Sometimes, a journalist may find it helpful to feign ignorance during an interview.
      a. True
      b. False
  5. If reporters think of questions as a subject is telling story, they should politely stop the interview and ask the question before they forget it or the subject changes.
      a. True
      b. False
  6. Reporters who do not understand things sources say should not ask for clarification if doing so would make them appear naive or silly.
      a. True
      b. False
  7. Reporters should conduct interviews in a neutral location, never in a source's home or office.
      a. True
      b. False
  8. For longer interviews, reporters often begin with a few minutes of small talk to put the source at ease.
      a. True
      b. False
  9. Reporters should ask the most embarrassing or difficult questions at the beginning of an interview.
      a. True
      b. False
  10. Most sources cooperate with reporters because they welcome the opportunity to tell their side of the story.
      a. True
      b. False
  11. Reporters should avoid telling sources the purpose of the interview and the story because it may make the source reluctant to talk.
      a. True
      b. False
  12. If sources refuse to talk, hang up the phone or slam the door in reporters' faces, the reporters should go back the next day or next week and try again.
      a. True
      b. False
  13. Even reporters who record major interviews usually augment recordings with written notes.
      a. True
      b. False
  14. If a source refuses to be recorded, reporters should hide the recorder in a pocket or handbag.
      a. True
      b. False
  15. Quotations should be used for emphasis and impact, not for telling the story.
      a. True
      b. False
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