Is it Ever Okay to Ask a Reporter a Question?

By Gerard Braud

News reporters and journalists often guide the media interview by asking questions to the interviewee, but is it ever okay for the interviewee to ask a reporter a question? Please share your comments on our social media and subscribe to the weekly question on the BraudCast YouTube Channel to participate each week. Your answers may be featured in a follow-up video later this week. Stay tuned!

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2 replies
  1. willie puz
    willie puz says:

    It’s always OK to ask a reporter questions. (In context, I work for a governmental agency.) As part of our media training, we teach to pre-interview the reporter, who is calling for an interview. Common questions we suggest to ask:
    – What is your story angle?
    – Who else have you talked to?
    – What is your most pressing need or question?
    – What is your deadline?
    – “Can I call you back after reviewing the file or get out of an upcoming meeting…” (to give a little more time to prep)

    But we caution to not ask instigating or attacking questions whether on the phone or in person. Just ask questions to help frame the request.


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