Sometimes as a freelance journalist I get handed stories on topics I know nothing about, like construction.
I read over similar stories, do research and talk to people I know in the industry before setting up interviews. But this isn’t always enough to get me to the level of knowledge I need to be at in order to write the story.
So, I have to learn from the sources.
I used to feel really stupid going into an interview not knowing as much as I should. I’d try to ask questions that made it sound like I knew what I was talking about, but it just made everything worse.
Now I just admit that I’m confused. I let them know I tried doing some research but am still unsure about certain things and get explanations in their words.
I come across better this way and learn a lot more.
Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t always know everything, because that’s the best way to learn.