COVID-19 may have separated us physically, but we’re still a nation of people connected to one another. To encourage meaningful conversation during this time we’re living in, Texas Public Radio is partnering with StoryCorps, the national non-profit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people of all backgrounds and beliefs, to launch StoryCorps Connect. This new, free web-based platform allows Americans to conduct and record StoryCorps interviews remotely.
You can use this technology to connect with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the process, to contribute to the creation of a unique first-person historical record of this unprecedented crisis.
The platform allows participants to use their embedded cameras on phones or computers to help facilitate the conversation, the audio version of which is then preserved for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and become instantly accessible and shareable through the StoryCorps Archive. TPR plans to broadcast edited versions of select submissions from its local communities.
To sign up using your StoryCorps or Facebook account, visit this site: storycorpsconnect.org.
Powered by global business cloud communications provider, Vonage, through the Vonage Video API, StoryCorps Connect is a public service platform to bring loved ones together amidst a global public health crisis.
The organization began developing StoryCorps Connect in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, motivated by the belief that at this time of physical separation, StoryCorps can provide a critical public service to increase connection to others and reduce the impact of isolation, particularly on vulnerable populations in this country.
TPR's participation in StoryCorps Connect is made possible in part by Monterrey Iron & Metal, Pay It Forward Clean & Sober Living, Dr. Lyssa Ochoa of The San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic and Codeup.