Sarah Witt Interview

28 Apr

On Monday, I witnessed my first hands-on interviewing experience on camera. My DMC group and I interviewed Sarah Witt, a brave woman from Raleigh with a positive outlook on life despite her handicap disability. She was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis, which is similar to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, at the age of 37, which caught herself and her family by surprise. Fortunately, Witt has had the support of her loving husband Jeff and children all along and never gave up hope. Prior to her illness, Witt lived a very active lifestyle and loved running. In 2006, Witt founded the Magnificent Mile, a race which occurs every September, to raise money for the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation. Witt turned a life altering illness into motivation toward creating a truly philanthropic and honorable cause. I wasn’t sure what to expect from our interview with her and Jeff, because Sarah had lost most abilities to communicate. However, her sense of humor and intellect shone through as she smiled and laughed while typing her answers to our interview questions. Her keyboard serves as her source of communication, which called for a unique interviewing environment. Working with Sarah taught me that as a journalist you have to be ready to handle whatever situation comes your way. At the last-minute, you must be able to readily comply with and adapt to interviewees with special needs. This was a great learning opportunity for my classmates and I, and it challenged us to accommodate for our clients while gaining a reputable insight into their lives.

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