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Before the Interview

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Tip 1: Ask the reporter what topics they plan to ask you about.

They probably won’t give you a list of specific questions, but they can tell you the general topics.

You can say: “Could you please share the topics you’re going to ask me about so I can thoughtfully prepare?”


Tip 2: Imagine, prep, practice. 

Imagine all the questions the reporter could ask you. Then imagine yourself talking about what you want to talk about.

Ask yourself: What do you hope to accomplish by doing this interview? Hold someone accountable? Advocate for solutions? Talk about the power of your community? All of the above?

Make a short list of things you want to make sure you mention. Practice how to bring them up.


Tip 3: Review these tips before the interview so you have them fresh in your mind.