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007: Efrem Graham on How to Be a Great Journalist

In this episode, two-time Emmy Award winning journalist Efrem Graham talks about what it takes to be a great journalist: how to determine if a story is newsworthy, what a good story looks like, how to ask compelling interview questions, how to develop sources and using social media to gain interviews with high profile people and celebrities.

The Art of Writing

When I First Knew That I was a Writer

  • His grandmother pretend to read his scribbles as a child as if they were stories. He excelled at English and loved writing, literature and stories.

Interviewing Tips

  • Ask open ended questions
  • Ask questions and then be silent. Wait for the answer.
  • Read what others have said about the subject matter. Try to ask fresh questions.

Relationships with Sources

  • Don’t lose contact. Periodically stay in touch with sources.

Putting a Story Together

  • Always ponder your story to let it develop your mind

Best Writing Advice

  • Walk away.

Fun Facts

  • Efrem was in the page program at NBC
  • During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said something to her that touched her so deeply that she cried.
  • Has won two Emmy Awards.
  • Earned a paltry $7.25 per hour on his first television broadcast job.

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