Through the work for the site i realise more and more that being a journalist is never easy. When you get a task to follow up a story and interview with a key person, you’d always expect your interviewee to be cooperative and supportive. This is going to affect the final production of your work. Naturally the more approachable and easy-going the interviewee is, the more smoothly your story can go.
Getting to know the musician Flow Maugran in Adamsdown is a really nice experience for me which boosts my confidence and enjoyment in my journalistic work which at first intimidated me so much.
I still remember the first time when i met her at the launch night. She came to me to ask what the launch party was about. I explained to her in a friendly way and “professionally” as a member of the team. She gave me a very nice first impression. Perhaps because both of us are foreigners living in Cardiff now, we naturally understand each other much better than the way I feel with local people.
She left a comment in guestbook and by accident I came across it and I decided to chase up this and make a feature about her and her music. The interview was arranged last Friday, and we had a wonderful conversation. It is so good when you don’t have to be too formal and intimidate your interview target with a microphone and camera. it was just a relaxing chat but I took down a lot of notes and it turned out to be really helpful.
Flow was quite happy with me working on her story and I sincerely appreciate her experience in travelling and understanding different cultures.
I came to here also partly with the same aim as Flow to explore different culture and build up my personality by accumulating more experience. Flow could understand well about my situation as a foreigner here, the difficulties I encounter in my study and life. Being understood by another could be the happiest thing for me.
The whole process of producing this story with a video went very smoothly due to the compatibility between Flow and me. Now we become friends. An interview could be so enjoyable! I wish I could understand better about different people which may facilitate the establishment of good relationship between journalist and interviewee. Human resource is a vital element for journalists to find inspiration. And good human resource can really help so much!