When it comes to In Person, one thing we’re never short on is talk. The very point of In Person is to find a comfortable place to sit and then talk until you stop. Quite literally.
The format of the series is standard. Air a two-to-three minute story during the 5 or 6 PM news, and embed the entire sit-down interview on our website. But if you watch WQOW News 18, you probably already know that.
You’re probably aware that we’ve had some great conversations with some of the area’s most fascinating people.
You’re also aware that In Person has a double meaning. “In”as in hip, and as in “up close and personal”. You’re probably savvy that I recorded each In Person without edit breaks at a leisurely pace in a quiet room, football bleacher, or prairie yard-garden, with umbrella lights glowing and a professional news camera that costs almost as much as your new car humming away beside my ear. What a professional thrill.
But here’s what you don’t know about In Person.
If you haven’t actually taken the time to listen to the interviews in completion, then you’re missing out. You’ve missed Lisa Aspenson’s take on fine dining. You’ve missed Tom Barland talking crime and punishment. You’ve missed Jake Leinenkugel making fun of “fruited beer” — before the birth of Berry Weiss. You’ve missed The Bean Queen and the Queen of Pies.
Honestly, you’ve missed what is some of the most pertinent and in-depth journalism that the Chippewa Valley has to offer.
Quick now: Who was the first Hmong school principal in the United States?
Who are “Gut Girl” and “Data Dude”? Why will soluble dietary fiber change your life? What local Amerasian is helping stitch back together through wealth of spirit and sheer personal tenacity what a nightmarish war ripped asunder? When does the sequel to Legacy hit the shelves? And why is Mickey Rizzi a hero?
The next installment of featured interviews is set to air beginning September 20th. They’ll be a regular Monday night fixture well into November.
Once again, there’ll be nine individuals featured. Unless I get laryngitis, decide to sit down with an entire sports team, or get the urge to converse with a tenth person.
Every In Person interview has four rules:
- Each In Person is selected because of her or his remarkable and unique contributions to the advancement of culture in the Chippewa Valley.
- The guest dictates the discussion. I just get her or him started.
- There are no written questions. Ever. I see it as my professional challenge to ask intelligent questions inspired by the immediate conversation.
- Though you hear my voice humming in your ear, you’ll never see me in front of the camera or find the conversation disrupted by a post-recorded reporter voice track (I guess that makes me the Behind-the-Scenes Person. Or the Invisible Camera Dude). Our goal is to squeeze in as much of the guest as we possibly can into the time allotted.
5. The only time I edit the raw footage is if I sneeze, stutter, or my cell phone rings, or the conversation exceeds 35 minutes and my Interbet Director says I have to trim or the system will overload and crash under its own weight.
And BTW, In Person has a triple meaning. Each of our “In Persons” has opened up, revealed her or himself to a news camera, microphone, and shown the courage to field personal questions about who she or he is and how it all came to be that way.
I promise you, you will want to catch this next round of intriguing interviewees – they’re diverse, they’re smart, they’re good on camera, and they have something important to say.
When we in the newsroom dreamed up In Person we knew it would be an exciting venue. We’ve debated the names of dozens of worthy individuals, and though we can only include a few each season, we in journalism are aware that every person has a unique story to tell. About roots and origins. Involving poignant or entertaining stories. Highlighting truths and perspectives.
Listen in on the conversation, You’ll see you don’t have to be Sherry Yukel, Mike Perry, Nick Meyer, or Kaying Xiong Vue to be in the loop.
Posted under Artist? Scientist? Philosopher? Camera Guy?
This post was written by sbetchkal on September 20, 2010