Adriana Gallardo

Engagement Reporter, ProPublica

Since 2016, Gallardo has been an Engagement reporter at ProPublica, an investigative newsroom, based in New York City. She is also a bilingual adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Prior to ProPublica, she oversaw a national reporting series at 15 public media stations. She's traveled the country with the StoryCorps mobile booth collecting hundreds of stories archived at the U.S. Library of Congress. In her hometown Chicago, she spent over a decade working as a media educator, journalist, and radio producer. Her reporting has contributed to several awards including a Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting, a George Polk Award, a Peabody, a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist series for explanatory reporting and the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Adriana is speaking at

#SciWriCraft Session Platform: Zoom webinar
October 20, 2020
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm



Authors: Christie Wilcox

Great interviews can bring stories to life, which is why the ability to conduct good interviews is essential for all kinds of science writers, whether they do hard-hitting investigative journalism or PR. Unfortunately, interviewing skills are rarely taught in journalism programs (and they're even more rarely taught outside of them).

How do you get people not accustomed to media attention to open up? How do you get experts to drop the jargon and give useful quotes? How do you ethically approach vulnerable sources? Or manage especially combative interviewees? This session will answer these questions and more by having a panel of seasoned experts provide their hardest-learned lessons from years of conducting interviews.

For roughly half of the session, attendees will hear directly from three veterans: ProPublica's Adriana Gallardo, Buzzfeed's Stephanie Lee, and the University of Washington's Sarah McQuate. In a prerecorded video, they'll share some of their best tips on preparing for interviews, conducting them well, and handling the toughest situations that can come up. After that, the three will engage in a live Q&A period to answer audience questions, allowing attendees to drill deeper into the aspects of interviewing they're most interested in.

Whether you're brand new to journalism and #scicomm or a veteran PIO, if you're looking for tried-and-true tactics to improve the quality of your interviews, this session is for you!

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