Media Interview Checklist from a LA Media Trainer

  • August 13, 2015
  • BLOG

This media interview checklist was prepared by Los Angeles Media Trainer Lisa Elia.
When preparing for an interview, make sure you have all the items on your media interview checklist ready to go.

Media interview image on Media Interview Checklist from Expert Media Training, Los Angeles. Many media interviews take place with very little notice. It’s not unusual for a member of the media to request an interview to take place within hours (or sometimes less).

You want to be prepared so that, even on your busiest days, you’re ready to say “yes” to a last-minute media interview request.

If you don’t have a media interview checklist for yourself, here’s a quick list of items to have ready before an interview:

  1.  your “elevator pitch” or introduction
  2.  key message points you want to deliver
  3.  a plan to handle the tough questions as well as the simple ones
  4.  specific calls to action that you want to incorporate into your responses
  5.  clothing and shoes ready to go (including jewelry and handbag/tote/briefcase, if any of these   items suit you)
  6.  a plan for hair and make-up (men, you might need to have sheer powder on hand to reduce  shine)

These are the items to have ready before an interview, however, it is also important to get proper media training if you haven’t already done so. If you require media training, you can find more information on our services here:

This post was written by Lisa Elia, a Los Angeles-based media trainer, presentation trainer, and communication and PR expert. Lisa and her team at Expert Media Training train clients for media interviews, speeches, investor presentations and promotional videos. With more than 20 years of experience, Lisa has trained clients for interviews with The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other outlets. For a custom quote on your training needs, contact her office at 310-479-0217.

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