When you receive a media request, we recommend that you reach out to your college/unit communicator for help and guidance. But here are a few tips to help you prepare.
Many television interviews are done these days on Zoom. Taking the time to examine how you and space look and sound will help make Zoom interviews a success.
It’s important to dress professionally so nothing detracts from your ideas. Avoid patterned clothing. Stripes, plaids and small print can create wavy optical illusions on camera.
Declutter your background if possible. But leave diplomas, awards and certifications in the background to help add to your credibility.
If you must use a Zoom background, choose one that’s simple and tasteful. Just be careful of moving too much since the green screen can make parts of your body vanish on camera which can be quite distracting.
Make sure your camera is not too low or too high for the most flattering angle. If you’re using the camera on your laptop, prop up your computer on books or boxes to bring it to eye level. Then lastly make sure you don’t have too much space above or below your head.
It’s important that your room isn’t too dark. Natural light is flattering, but don’t put yourself directly in front of a window since that will wash you out. Use a lamp on your desk to help illuminate your face.
Good sound can be challenging, but it’s incredibly important.
- Go to a quiet space, and make sure pets and kids won’t interrupt you.
- Make sure you’re close enough to the microphone to be heard and the volume settings are high enough for you to be heard.
- Turn off all your other devices (and chimes on your programs) so you won’t be interrupted.
Get more great tips about preparing for radio and TV interviews from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)