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Off to Yale--with interview advice for young journalists
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Steven Brill is teaching my book Columbine to his Yale journalism class this semester, and asked me to come speak to them, so of course I said yes. I have admired him for ages, and I've never been to Yale. (Definitely not invited.)

We set a date for October, and it's here Monday. I'm actually headed up on the train Sunday night. I'm also doing a Master's Tea on Monday, and a lunch with one group of students, and a dinner with another.

(Yale is apparently broken out into twelve "college" like Hogwarts (or vice versa), and Pierson College will be hosting my tea. I like that. Feeling very Harry Potter-ish. Haha.)

So much to get done, though. I usually just wing these things, as I've done them a million times, but . . . Steve is really interested in interviews, and wants me convey some key ideas. I got excited talking to him about it this summer. It's really a core skill, doing it well, that a lot of journalists never really master.

(If it felt like a great interview, it wasn't. It should feel like a conversation.)

So I've been mulling, and this morning I dug through my old interview files and I have a million ideas.

I've created to cheat sheets--one on mechanics, one on getting people to talk. I'll share them here once I finalize them. Probably next week.

I'm excited already, though. Talking to students always invigorates me.