By Kimberly Lopez
This week everyone was focused on interviewing new charities and social enterprises for the Big Issue Online Journalists blog and I interviewed Chloe Davies, a Community Manager for Room To Heal.
Room To Heal is a London based charity and healing community for refugees and asylum seekers, who have survived torture and other forms of organised violence.
Preparing for a successful interview
Last week I learnt how to approach an interviewee in a friendly and well respectful manner, by interviewing Carole Brown at St Giles Trust. While the interview went well unfortunately I made a few silly mistakes (Like not switching the dictaphone on!!!), so this week was all about building on that experience.
I got Michelle to help me research Room To Heal online and we were able to get a good understanding of how the organization helps refugees. I then wrote some simple questions for the interview, focusing on Chloe’s role in the organisation and her personal account of how the charity helps asylum seekers.
Chloe Davies was a friendly, outgoing and understandable interviewee who made my job easy by answering my questions articulately and with a real passion for what the charity does. It was easy to see that she really enjoys working for Room to Heal and helping people to rehabilitate their lives.
Personally I think the interview was a success, as I managed to write a really good article and Craig took some really great photographs of Chloe. The interview taught me that preparation is key, as I knew exactly what I was meant to be doing and I didn’t waste time trying to think of what to ask next.
To find out about Room To Heal read my article Room to Heal gives asylum seekers a voice
Or visit Room To Heal’s website