In a few days they left us two journalistic references: Jesús Quintero and Ángel Casas, two good examples of how to conduct an interview, currently in disuse

I like doing interviews, not so much that they do them to me. Occupational distortion makes me want to put myself on the other side when I have to be the protagonist and blow myself up with questions out loud, an exercise in exaggerated ego. I usually say that a good interview is the work of a good interviewee. As a journalist, you should never stand above your conversation partner. However, it is becoming more and more common for someone to read you some questions written on a sheet of paper, on the tablet or on the mobile, one after the other, without looking you in the eye. The interviewer takes the role, checks each question and turns off the recorder. I mean, don’t listen. He does his job, to comply with the file, without attaching importance to silences, for example. The dramatic pause was one of Jesús Quintero’s magical virtues. Thus he managed to hypnotize his victims.

In a few days they left us two references to journalism: the mad man on the hill and Ángel Casas, two great examples of how to conduct an interview, which is currently out of use. The context in which their conversations became famous is far from today’s television, where noise does not give peace to silence. Ana Pastor reads one question after another against the clock, sometimes aggressively, as if there is no tomorrow. In ‘El hormiguero’ and ‘La Resistencia’ they screech, prank and fire empty questions in search of the direct complicity of a viewer no longer used to hearing in-depth answers. The altercation ends and we don’t know who the interviewee is unless it’s a celebrity beforehand. Not listening, looking for naturalness, undressing the interlocutor and achieving the ideal atmosphere to reveal their intimacy. Farewell to silences.

Source: La Verdad


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