I intend to help beginners with tips on how to turn an interview into an article. If you are looking for interview writing examples, this post will give you a clue. Especially if you’re a writer still finding your feet and not quite sure which genre to specialise in.
Did you know that its actually possible to turn your interview into a salable interview articles in newspaper?
The most important thing to remember when writing an interview article is to remain objective. By that I mean you should always strive to bring your subject to the foreground while keeping yourself and your opinions in the shadows.
This is what most writers struggle with. Very often, they bring in their own opinions into the article.
The subject is the person who is being interviewed. The writer’s role is to act as a mouthpiece for the subject through which the subject is given a voice.
The subject or interviewee is the reason why people read your article in the first place. So, it’s important that you use the subject’s own words as much as possible.
Writing articles from information sourced from interviews is classified as non-fiction writing.
The purpose of this article is to illustrate to you how you can write an article of this nature so that you have a feel of how to write them creatively drawing your information from an interview.
Below is an interview writing example written with information sourced from an interview I recently had with Joe, a medical student who lives in the UK.
Apparently, Joe went on a cheap holiday to a holiday resort in Portugal called Algarve to take a break from his studies. Joe went together with a few college mates.
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I started my interview by asking Joe, “I understand you were on holiday with your friends somewhere in Portugal, where exactly did you go?”
He momentarily cast me a glance as if he was weighing what to say before answering, “Faro in the Algarve.”
Curious to get more information, I probed further, ‘’How did you find out about that place?”
He replied, “From the internet. We came across the hotel website after a lengthy search on Google.”
”You went with your university mates, how did they find information about this place, Algarve ?” I asked him.
Joe replied, “Pretty much the same way as I did. One of my mate, Paul, told me he had heard about Faro through the grapevine. Every student who had gone there on holiday seemed to be singing praises of the place.
Its quite famous for its beaches, food and associated with Cristiano Ronaldo, among other things.”
My other friend, Mike, told me he came across this popular holiday destination through browsing travel magazines. So, that’s how we all got to know about this beautiful place in Portugal.
It has become a favourite holiday spot for student holidaymakers.”
”Why do you think it’s so important for students to take a break?” I asked Joe.
Joe answered, ”I’m sure you were once a student at one point in your life? Imagine how it feels like after you’ve gone through a gruelling semester. With all, it’s pressures and all the assignments packed in the student calendar. Tutorials, lectures, studying, you name it. Surely, an escape to Faro is the most refreshing thing ever.”
”To be honest, most students desperately would seek a haven like Faro, to escape to and just chill out.”
I then asked him, “Can you explain why you chose to go there in particular?”
He replied, “Firstly, it’s a cheap place. Secondly, the weather there is just brilliant! Right now it’s sunny.
It’s also strategically situated being a place so near the coast. Besides, a lot of British people go there.”
I went further to inquire, “How long did it take you to get there?”
He said, “It took us two and a half hours from Manchester.”
“What airline did you use?” I asked.
He replied, “Ryan Airways.”
“I’m actually considering to go there for my next holiday. I’m glad we had this conversation which I’ll take advantage of. I hope I’m making a wise decision. More precisely, would you recommend the airline to a friend?”
With a grin on his face, Joe replied, “Oh yes! Absolutely, would recommend the airline to my friends without any shadow of a doubt.
Whenever they want to visit Faro. The good thing about using Ryanair is that we were able to get a budget flight. That is a basic flight which includes a holiday package.”
I asked, “What do you mean by a basic flight?”
Shrugging his shoulders as if he had run short of words, he said, “We just sat on our seats and nothing else.”
“I have been on a 2-hour trip once, where we got served some drinks. Do you mean you were not served any drinks or snacks at all?”
He answered, “We had no food nor drinks. Simply because the flight is different from a long flight. So, it comes with its own package.” Joe, for explained.
“Let’s now move to the accommodation side of things. When you arrived at Faro, where exactly did you stay, in a hotel or private house?”
He answered, “We stayed in a villa. A rented private house. The house had all the facilities we needed including cooking utensils.”
“Was there a hotel and some shops nearby?”
“The shops. I remember seeing are Aldi and Lidl. We chose to buy some groceries from there and cooked for ourselves.”
Getting conscious of time, I then asked, “Did you go anywhere for sightseeing?”
With a beaming smile on his face, he said, “Yes, together with my mates we went to take a view of this beautiful mountain range.
We also went to the beach where we really had a fantastic time boat-riding. Let me explain a bit more about this most amazing place we visited.
It’s a place called Faro found in Portugal, in the Algarve Region. It’s renowned for its archaeological museum. Its also known for being a formerly quaint fishing village in a cliffside location.
The place has become most famous for its beaches, almost 20 now and renowned for its nightlife.”
To round off my interview, I asked, “Did you manage to bring some Souvenirs?”
Still smiling, he replied, “Yes, I bought a piece of a Fabric Wall Hanging with an emblem. the one the nationals tend to have on most of their souvenirs.”
“How much did it cost you, I mean the whole trip?” “It came to a total of £ 150.00 plus € 200.00.”
“Is there a possibility you would want to go back in future?”
“No, I would want to go someplace different.”
“That does it! Thank you so much, Joe, for your time. I do appreciate and hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday before your next semester kicks off.”
Shaking Joe’s hand I then said, “Bye.”
“Bye,” He answered back.
This is a true story of an interview I actually had with Joe, a medical student at one of the universities in the United Kingdom.
The purpose of this article, as earlier explained, is to showcase how you can turn an interview into a sellable article.
Hopefully, you found my example n how to turn an interview into an article useful. Please feel free to leave questions below in relation to How To Write An Interview Article. I will be more than happy to come back to you as soon as I can.