I’ve conducted hundreds of media training classes over the past 15 years, so few questions surprise me anymore. Several years ago, however, a trainee asked a question that I had never heard:
“What’s their motivation?”
I had heard actors express a similar question about the characters they were preparing to portray. I had never thought specifically, though, about how motivation informed the choices that reporters made in asking questions and conducting interviews. Our trainee wanted to understand the motivation behind the reporters’ tough questions, to better understand what they sought.
We offer five reasons reporters are motivated to ask those tough questions.