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Palmer Library and Via Zoom! Regular Meeting Plus -Journalist Melba Tolliver: Interviewing: What is it?

  • 27 Nov 2021
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Via Zoom - link at bottom


Regular Meeting

At Palmer Library and VIA ZOOM

ZoomLink at bottom

Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

9:00 - 10:00 Board Meeting

10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

Regular Meeting Agenda: Sent via GLVWG group email

11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

Melba Tolliver:

Ins, Outs, Dos and Don'ts of Effective Interviewing

Exactly what is an 'interview'?

Major types of interviews.

How often do we interview someone? (You will be surprised)

You better have a goal!

What happens:

When the interviewer is naive?

When the subject is uncooperative?

When the subject hijacks the interview?

The three qualities that will keep you sharp before, during and after an interview.

RECOMMENDED READING BEFORE ATTENDING: An example of an excellent Q&A promotional interview conducted by former GLVWG president Tammy Burke. HERE


1:30 - 3;:00 Afternoon Workshop (You must register for this workshop):

Melba Tolliver:

Workshop: Interview an Expert - Interview a Celebrity.

An author interviewing an expert to gain verisimilitude for a fictional scene vs a journalist interviewing a celebrity for an article.

Two very different interviews with different goals and techniques.

Two lucky attendees will get to conduct these interviews! 

You must register to attend the afternoon workshop

Members: Free

Non-Members $15


Zoom meeting link and password will be sent when you register.

Melba Tolliver

Her writing has appeared in the newspapers Akron Beacon Journal, Amsterdam News, USA Today; the magazines Black Sports World, Good Housekeeping, Unique NY, Networking. A longtime broadcast journalist she has written news and features for ABC, WABC, WNBC, News 12 Long Island and the Food Channel. She has served as writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; journalism teacher, College of Old Westbury, NY. Her honors include NEH Fellowship, University of Michigan; NY Urban League’s John B. Russwurm award; NY Association of Black Journalists’ Lifetime Achievement award; NY Women in Communication’s Matrix award; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Molloy College, NY.


Date: Afternoon Program, Nov 27,

Time: 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom meeting link and password will be sent when you register.

Member Free

Non-member: $15



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