Let’s Talk About You

The feature interview: It’s one of my favourite types of article to write. It’s also one that draws most on my academic work as an ethnographer – writing about people in a way that reveals how they make sense of the things they do. I also enjoy this format of writing as a way to offer a stepped-back sense of perspective on other topical issues at the time of publication.

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A recent interview with Peta Mullens provided a chance to talk about the Australian women’s marathon and cross-country scene in an international context. Interviewing Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell about their Olympic experiences in 2012 provided insights into life on the World Cup circuit as a privateer.

Other times, it’s nice to let interviewees do the all the talking. I used this format recently when developing an article with four accomplished riders about their day jobs. I find it strange that bike magazines talk so much about one part of riders lives without really getting into how much that’s shaped by other parts.

Links to PDF copies of print articles for Flow Mountain Bike:

Peta Mullens: The power and the passion

Bec and Dan: The icing on the cake

Work: It’s a calling