Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
NMD4106 Interview Journalism Fall 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi TİRŞE ERBAYSAL FİLİBELİ
Recommended Optional Program Components: None.
Course Objectives: The aim of the course is to enable students to understand and solve satisfactorily the elaboration process of an interview –current, topic or character based, on print or audiovisual means, that is to say: learn to ask.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
By attending and succeeding this course students;
- Will have a detailed knowledge about interview journalism; its history, aims, and different applications in this field,
- Will be able to know different interview techniques adopted to different sources, issues, media and environment,
- Will be able to use the right way to reach and convince the interviewee,
- Will have an understanding of detailed journalistic research about people to be interviewed and issues to interview on,
- Will have the information about technical details which should be followed during the interview,
- Will be able to write and edit the interview after collecting the data,

Course Content

This course suggests a contextual introduction to the journalistic interview. It covers the processes of preparation and realization of any interview, on print or in audiovisual format and provides knowledge about methodical, strategic, contextual and argumentative nature of the interview. During the course students will gain practical interviews experiences. At the same time students will have to be able to analyze and evaluate, beyond the impression or unfounded comment, that is, any type of interview, to be able to see the adequacy and efficiency of each question and the strategy in order to identify and understand the mistakes and skills of the interviewer.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction: What and why is interview?
2) Framing the structure for the interview. Deciding the issue and deciding the interviewee
3) Reaching the sources: What to do for convincing the interviewee to speak
4) The importance of being open minded. Examples of prejudiced interviews.
5) Research and preparation for the interview I: Checking the former interviews and news coverage about the subject and/or the interviewee
6) Research and preparation for the interview II: Library, Internet and googling
7) Research and preparation for the interview III: Evaluating the bad and the good examples
8) Preparing questions: Interviewers approach and interviewee’s speciality
9) Where to interview? Possible technical problems to face
10) Importance of taking notes, recording
11) The art of “listening” and “responding”
12) In class exercises: interview simulations
13) Preparation for final project ; discussions about students’ ideas
14) Evaluation of the semester


Course Notes / Textbooks: Ders notları dersin hocası tarafından sağlanacaktır.

Notes will be provided during the semester by the instructor.
References: Okumalar haftalık olarak temin edilecektir.

Reading material will be given on weekly basis

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 20
Project 1 % 20
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 6 84
Project 1 20 20
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 152

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication. 3
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level. 3
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them. 3
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends. 3
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents. 1
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content. 4
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit. 2
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication. 3
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels. 4