Asking good questions should be an essential skill for journalists. But, what’s a “good” question?
Canadian journalist John Sawatsky has spent years studying the questions reporters ask. Good questions, he says, have three qualities:
- They’re open-ended.
- They’re neutral.
- They’re simple.
Think this is easy? Sawatsky, who trains journalists at ESPN these days, says about 20 percent of questions that journalists ask are non-questions. Remember the magic words for starting your questions: