Posted by Bianca Olvera Lopez
In a recent article, Poynter shared that more schools are following the email interview ban trend. Some school publications, including Princeton University’s The Daily Princetonian, claim to see improvements since they banned email interviews. Does this mean the end is near for the email interview?
Almost a year ago, J School Buzz, an independent blog about the Missouri School of Journalism, published Why Mizzou’s Journalism School Needs To Embrace Email Interviews. The blog post stated: “Email interviews are more convenient for sources and journalists.”
Email interviews are more convenient for both the source and the journalist, but do they offer what a face-to-face or phone interview offers? Journalists should always work ethically and excellently. Can this be done no matter how you interview? Journalists should seek the truth and report it. Can we find the truth through email interviews?
I’ve done face-to-face interviews, phone interviews, and Skype interviews, but I haven’t tried email interviews or Twitter interviews. Most of my professors at Drake University agree with the reasoning behind the bans, and they encourage students to pursue face-to-face interviews, Skype interviews or phone interviews.
So what do you think? Will the email interview bans continue, or will we find new ways to work with the sources via email? Let us know what you think.