Without going into context, let’s just say that you’re going to start seeing a lot more interview-based pieces written by me make appearances online over the next few weeks. If you’ve read any of my feature pieces I’ve written in the past, then you might see how I’ve had experience in both writing them in an article-styled format and in a transcript format. For these several feature pieces I have lined up, all of them have been written in the article style.So why am I explaining this to you, you might ask? It’s because within recent time, I’ve noticed how when it comes to features based on an interview with someone, they appear to be written out more so in a transcript format. Honestly, it’s become so common practice that just as I’m reading the introduction to the piece, I’m no longer caught off guard as it transitions right into a transcript. It seems that the exceptions nowadays where the practice of using articles to present a feature on someone is still common are found in major publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
Now don’t get me wrong, for I can definitely see the benefit of writing the interview out as a transcript. Because you’re writing word for word what the interviewee said, it therefore captures the true essence of their voice. That’s not to say you never make edits to it, for transcripts are, more often than not, edited for length. Otherwise, you really get to hear what the person is saying through no one else’s words other than their own.
When an interview is presented in a transcript format, that actually presents the situation of taking away one type of work for the writer and replacing it with new work: transcribing. While it might sound like easy work for anyone who has no experience in it, unless if the interview was conducted via e-mail, I’ll tell you right off the back that transcribing, at least for me, is really tedious work. No one ever talks like how they write, as we have the habit of speaking in run-on sentences, hesitating, and not enunciating or saying something too quickly, making it hard to distinguish just what was spoken. You want to be true to the voice, but it’s hard when you can’t fully understand what they’re saying.
That’s why article writing, from my point of view, has the better advantage of presenting an interview. You can control how much information is presented, what information is presented, and you can challenge yourself into seeing just what parts of the interview you can incorporate into the article as quotes. It’s all in the matter of aiding the presentation of the interview to flow more so, by way of re-iteration from the writer. Not to mention that you’re actually putting to use skills that are otherwise taught in journalism classes.
So as you can see, you know what side of the argument I’m on. Article-style writing is how I was taught, it’s what I feel to be a more beneficial method, and as a writer, it’s a much more fulfilling method too. I’ll always stand by that, even as transcript-style becomes more and more common practice.
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