The Office of International Affairs’ Global Studies Institute is creating digital interactive maps of the world to be featured on a website and on large touch-screen displays dispersed throughout the IAAF World Junior Championship event venues this July. Click on a country, and a blow up will reveal short video features on UO faculty research and other faculty engagements in that country. When the big track event is over, we will repurpose (and continually update) this wonderful repository of information on UO’s global reach to support UO promotion, marketing, development, and public outreach.
Thank you for participating in the global excellence map project. Below are some guidelines regarding how to prepare for your sit-down, on-camera interview.
WHO WE ARE
OR Media is a video production team housed within the UO School of Journalism and Communication. We are comprised of journalism graduates employed by the school to strengthen partnerships with regional media outlets and other programs, mentor undergraduate and graduate students in video production and professional development, and produce videos for our partners. We are proud to be a partner on this initiative, and look forward to getting to know more about each of you and the type of work you’re doing at this university.
You can learn more about the team here.
SELECTING YOUR INTERVIEW TIME
Click here to schedule your interview after you have finished reading through this guide.
The interview will last approximately 10-15 minutes. You will be seated on a stool in front of a green screen while an interviewer asks you 3-5 questions about your work.
Please come prepared to talk about your projects and research. Because these videos are meant for a general audience, think about how you might explain your work to a layperson. You might also be asked to describe your experiences being engaged in global study at the University of Oregon. If you speak a second language, you may be asked to briefly speak in that language on camera.
To help you feel better prepared, below is a list of general interview questions we will be asking. If you don’t feel these questions quite get at the heart of your work, feel free to suggest questions at the beginning of your interview. You are welcome to discuss the projects, programs, courses, or research you feel most comfortable talking about–in this sense the interviews will be fairly open-ended.
For each interview,we will be asking questions along the lines of: 1) what is it that you do, 2) why that topic interests you, 3) why is it important to study or teach that topic, and, if you involve students in your research/projects, 4) why is it important that students study other countries/cultures/languages? In addition, we have been asking faculty to answer what they think makes the UO a great place to engage in global study and projects. Questions may change depending on what you choose to discuss during your interview, but these should give you a general sense of what we’ll be asking.
Finally, if a faculty member feels comfortable speaking in a language other than English, we might ask you to say “Hello, welcome to the University of Oregon” or the equivalent in that language. This is completely optional and by participating you are not required to do this.
WHERE TO ARRIVE
The interviews will be conducted in Allen Hall room 115, the studio we will be using for this project. Please arrive 10 minutes early to your interview so that we can avoid scheduling delays.
WHAT TO WEAR
-We ask that you don’t wear anything white to your interview as white clothing will blend in with the backdrop we are using. We are no longer using a green screen for this project and have switched to a white backdrop to simplify post-production editing.
-Avoid checks, stripes, and other distracting patterns.
-Solid colors are best.
-Jewelry is fine as long as it isn’t distracting.
-Glasses are fine as long as they are non-reflective. We have experienced some trouble with glare when faculty wear reflective glasses to their interviews, so from now on we are asking faculty to either switch to non-reflective glasses (or alternatives such as contacts), or to remove their glasses for the duration of the interview. You will not be asked to read anything during your interview.
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE AND PHOTOS
For these videos our producers will be supplementing your on-camera interview with “b-roll”; that is, footage that visualizes or illustrates what you’ve talked about during the interview. If you have any large, high-resolution photos or video footage that relates to your work in any way, please send those materials to Maya Lazaro at email@example.com with the subject “Global Excellence Map Materials (Your Name).” If you have an existing Dropbox account, you can also share them with firstname.lastname@example.org. Please clearly label all files with your full name so they are easy for us to organize and access later.
If you have hard copies of your materials (for example, if you have photos or video saved to a thumb drive) please bring them with you to your scheduled interview.
If don’t have any footage or photos available we will use stock footage in its place.
Have questions or concerns? Please contact Maya Lazaro at email@example.com.
You can visit our Contact page if you’d like to contact our producers.
We look forward to working with you soon!