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Interviews comprise a key element of journalism, investigative or otherwise. But the former requires more preparation, better understanding of your story and research on your source, so you can ask questions accordingly. Investigative journalism can be sensitive, controversial and even damaging to reputations, if not destroying them altogether. That is why it’s important to hone interviewing skills that prepare you for what types of questions to ask, how and in what order. There are also ethical issues to be considered when interviewing.