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Dr. Eschenfelder Interview
Interview Notes Sheet
Interviewer: Keshawn Smith
Interviewee: Dr. Eschnfelder
Interview Location: Middle Tennessee University
Interview Date & Time: 9:45 a.m., 2/21/17
Observations of Surroundings
Students talking in the room while interviewing
Books and computers on the tables
Typing from the students in the room that are working on their classwork
Observations of Interviewee
Concentrated and focused on the task ahead.
Great posture for an interview, as she seems prepared to answer my questions.
Ethics and integrity
Sense of humors
Ease and use of camera
Editing of video
Voice quality and presentation
Time (wish had more time to report certain story’s)
Emotions and attachment to story’s
Where are you from?
She from Chicago, Illinois
Who inspired you to go to college?
While in high school her parents really push her to go to college to get her degree, so that she could be successful and pursue her dream to be a writer
When did you know that you wanted to be in this field of work?
During high school, she fell in love with writing and that’s why she wanted to be a journalist
What college did you go to?
She went to three different colleges
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1997)
M.A., University of Memphis (2008)
Ph.D., University of Florida (2014)
How did college prepare you for broadcasting?
She learned that there are many things from broadcasting that you can learn other than just broadcasting like being a Journalist and learning some of the drama of being a journalist/broadcaster.
Were there any other majors that you were looking at before journalism and if so what made you choose journalism instead of that major?
There were no other majors that she was considering because all her life she wanted to be a writer
Do you have any family members who have experience in broadcasting?
Her husband has the same experience in broadcasting as he followed her foot steps by going to Middle Tennessee and teaching students the life of broadcasting
What are your goals in broadcasting?
She wants to keep on teaching her students at Middle Tennessee and hope that her students become great writers and potentially great broadcasters.
What does a typical day look like in broadcasting?
The place is crowed with journalist who give their stories to the broadcasters as the broadcasters begin to study the stories gave to them the people in the control room are figuring out the timing of each story that will be told and all of this starts at 6 o’clock in the morning all the way to 6 o’clock in the evening.
What was your first job in broadcasting?
She worked at Florida News 10
What skills are required in broadcasting?
What is the most exciting and interesting part of being in broadcasting?
Finding interesting stories and learning more about people throughout the world
What do you consider to be your greatest strength in broadcasting?
She feels her greatest strength in broadcasting is her communication skills and her ability to writ at a high level
How has broadcasting challenge you throughout your career?
She believes that time is the biggest challenge for people in broadcasting as you are at work early and as well late to gather stories to tell to the people in the outside world.
What made you decide that you wanted to teach instead of continuing broadcasting?
She started a family as she wanted to spend more time with her kids and broadcasting was taking all that time.
What have you done as a broadcaster that you're proud of?
Teaching her students make her want to continue learning more about journalism/broadcasting
What has broadcasting taught you?
It taught her that you must have passion and communication skills if you want to see yourself as a broadcaster
What are some of the things do you think I would need to learn to prepare for broadcasting?
She thinks I would need to begin to become a better communicator and watch the news more to see how broadcaster’s expression are and how they carry themselves throughout the scenes.
What are some of the things in broadcasting that you didn’t expect to happen?
She didn’t know coming in that broadcasting are very long days as you start early and end late nights
What are some of the things that you found difficult in broadcasting?
The emotions that you get from some of the stories are hard to present to the people, but as a broadcaster you have to know how to present that story without showing any emotions s and integrity
What are some of th