Community Voices Interview Project Tutorial

  • Overview
    An overview of the seven part process of recording and sharing a "community voices" interview. Identify the person you want to interview and obtain their permission to not only record your interview, but also share that interview online.
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  • Create Your Question List
    Use the Great Question List Generator from the Storycorps website to create a set of questions you plan to ask your interviewee. Give this question list to your interviewee in advance so they have some time to think about their answers. Choose at least 10 questions if you plan to conduct a 20 to 30 minute interview. Don't pick so many questions that you overwhelm your interviewee.
    Create Your Question List
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  • Prepare Your Recorder
    Whether you use a battery-operated digital audio recorder or a smartphone app to record your interview, you'll want to do several things in preparation for a successful experience.
    Prepare Your Recorder
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  • Recording Tips
    Keep these tips in mind when audio recording your interview.
    Recording Tips
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  • Write Summary Reflection
    It's a good idea to write a summary and reflection of your audio interview which will accompany it online. By typing text from the interview, you will permit Google and other search engines to index your page and potentially allow other people in the future to find your audio recording because of the text you shared online.
    Write Summary Reflection
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  • Compress & Post Audio
    Since digital audio recorders and smartphone audio apps often record in high quality, the size of the audio file you create in a community voices interview can be very LARGE. Before uploading and sharing your file, use free software like "Switch" to compress it as a smaller MP3 file. 32 kbps is a good bit rate to use for spoken audio interviews which do not include music.
    Compress & Post Audio
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  • Share On Social Media Sites
    After you've posted a textual summary and reflection of your interview along with the original interview audio, take some time to share the link to your webpage on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Also consider emailing the link to local museums or history groups who may be interested in also sharing the oral history interview you've captured for posterity.
    Share On Social Media Sites
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