Media Training - Interview Techniques

Monday 31 October 2016, 11.30am - 3.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to BCS and non-BCS members, by booking only.


  • 11.30am - 12.00pm - Welcome & Introduction to interviewing by Justin Richards (Multimedia Editor, BCS) and by Brian Runciman (Head of Content, BCS)
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm - Rob Jones (former Police interviewer trainer) talking about gathering information, understanding the principles of what makes a good interview, being able to interview people to gain facts and opinions, and identifying the right questions to ask and techniques to use.
  • 1.00pm - 1.30pm - Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm - Rob Jones leads some interviewing exercises aided by the BCS editorial team
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm - FAQ answered by Rob and the BCS Editorial team, including some more general questions about journalism as a whole


Justin Richards

Justin RichardsJustin originally worked in medical research, working in two medical research laboratories studying Atherosclerosis - that's heart disease to most normal people! He followed that up with a six year stint working as a pharmaceutical scientist researching and creating drug formulations for the pharmaceutical industry. In 2004 he had a mid-life crisis and retrained as a broadcast journalist while working for Channel 7, ITV and BBC Hull. After a short stint on the Sports Desk at The Press Association, and a series of odd jobs to keep the 'wolves from the door', he joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2005 and is currently their Multimedia Editor. During his time as a journalist Justin has written for various publications including: ITNOW, Digital Leaders (rather obviously), Computing, Computer Weekly, Security Bulletin, Inside Careers, Impact, The Darkside, Deranged and Is it Uncut?.

When Justin's not working for BCS he divides his time between writing screenplays for film and television, producing TV programmes for local TV, writing reviews for, playing badminton, practising karate (under Rob's tutelage), hiking, going to the gym and watching as many movies as he possibly can.

Rob Jones

Rob JonesRob is a retired Detective Sergeant with extensive experience of major crime investigations, in particular violent crimes against children. During his service he specialised in paedophile-centred inquiries which necessitated careful handling of both children and offenders. Consequently he spent five years within the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Training Department delivering all levels of interview training from basic, interviewing suspects and witnesses for minor crime; to advanced interview skills, interviewing abused children, and the perpetrators of serious crime, e.g. murder. In 2007 he was voted National Police Trainer of the Year.

Rob completed his service leading a team of detectives focussed upon internet-based sex crimes against children. He is still regularly called upon to deliver ‘in house’ training to the current police detectives.

Since leaving the service he has become a dad to four young children, and divides his energies between them and running a large Bristol-based karate group.