Be human first. Do as much pre-reporting as possible. Find out what questions the child has been asking. When possible, immerse. Make them comfortable. Leave them in a good place. Verify what they’ve told you. And don’t underestimate them.
Resources for Tip Sheets, Interviewing
The Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence was created by our colleagues at WITNESS in consultation with Dart Center Research Director, Elana Newman. The guide covers planning, conducting and distributing interviews, keeping in mind the perspectives and needs of the interviewee, interviewer and audiences.
Suggested ways news personnel can minimise further harm when working with victims and survivors.
Get permission before interviewing or photographing a child. Set clear ground rules about what is on and off the record. Don't talk down to a child. And don't make promises you can't keep. A Spanish-language version of this tip sheet is available here.
In this tipsheet from the 2011 Dart Center workshop "Out of the Shadows: Reporting on Intimate Partner Violence," Miles Moffeit and Kristen Lombardi give advice on how to interview.