A small web site, a seven-year-old, advertising-free on-line magazine, offers a continuing project that may involve selecting more than one bidder to conduct long-form interviews. The web site has three weekly and several recurring columnists, with about thirty long-form interviews currently available. Past interviewees include media celebrities and executives as well as a widely published author, a major politician, a well-known physician and a philosopher.
The website considers interviewees from any occupation, local, regional, national or international. If the story told by the interviewee is compelling, she or he is of interest. Potential interviewees are thus limitless.
The project works this way. (1) Suggest an interviewee you can contact, directly, and is willing to sit and speak freely for 90-to-120 minutes. Provide a few reasons you believe the subject is worth considering.
If the web site approves your interviewee, (2) you will suggest a list of topics, not questions, to cover in the interview. Five to seven topics is enough; it’s often more than enough. The web site may add or subtract from the list you suggest.
If the web site approves your topics, (3) you then conduct the interview, ensuring you record it. After you complete the interview, (4) send us about thirty minutes of the recording. The recording quality must be good enough to allow a reasonably accurate transcription. If the quality is good enough, (5) we will ask you to send the complete recording of the interview. If the full recording is of good enough quality, the web site will issue full payment, usually within 24 hours and often much sooner.
(6) You conduct the interview. We transcribe it. (7) You must supply verifiable contact information for the interviewee; this simplifies fact checking. Project pay ranges from $100 to $200. This depends on the interviewee as well as our assessment of your ability to conduct the interview at a reasonable level. (8) We will agree on project payment before you conduct the interview. Conduct a solid interview, first time, and we will probably ask you to do it again; later project assignments may involve greater pay.
Once payment is complete, (9) the web site takes full ownership of the interview and any recordings of the interview. (10) We reserve the right to edit the interview. (11) Interviewees may not have approval of the interview in its final form. (12) The web site is open to negotiating a by-line and other uses of the interview by the interviewer.