Vox pops are a rite of passage for many young journalists. They are a good way of crowdsourcing information on topical issues, but approaching complete strangers can feel a bit awkward – especially for reporters who are first starting out.
Wannabe Hacks has listed five tips for doing vox pops (which stems from the Latin vox populi, “voice of the people”). They include:
1. Try to avoid “any obvious eye contact” before approaching someone
2. Hide your Dictaphone or microphone as you approach, to avoid scaring people off
3. Be confident and polite