Preparing for my interview was both quite simple and quite challenging at the same time. While the actual interview went quite well and gave me all the information I needed to write my article, the process of the interview was quite a nuisance.
For the positives, Lauren Harrell (the woman I interviewed) was quite nice, and she was more than happy to use some of her free time being interviewed. I interviewed her on the weekend, which meant I didn’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts with her job, as daycare workers usually only work at the school on weekdays. She also answered all o my questions in a satisfying way, actually creating a discussion instead of feeling like a survey. This gave me ample material to work with when I constructed my interview.
However, the largest negative I ran into when interviewing Harrell was location. Harrell’s usually located in Wimauma, which is quite far from where I’m usually located, which is Tampa. She couldn’t make it out to Tampa, and I didn’t want to put her out anyway, what with high gas prices and the scheduling conflict any traffic incident can induce, and I couldn’t make it out to Wimauma because I don’t have a car (or a driver’s license), and the bus I take is local. Therefore, I had to resort to doing an email interview with Harrell. While she answered in an extremely timely manner and gave me the information I needed, it would have been nice to actually see her workplace and implement it into my story.
Overall though, I think my interview went quite well, even given the circumstances. I was able to write a well crafted story with the information given, and I was even able to relate it back to a relevant topic with COVID-19. It was overall a success to me.