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Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps, based in Brooklyn, New York has given 100,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of these stories with the world through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful conversations illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.
StoryCorps interviews have traditionally been recorded in StoryCorps booths in the United States with the assistance of StoryCorps facilitators. With the introduction of this app, StoryCorps interviews can now be recorded anywhere, anytime and shared to our companion website at StoryCorps.me. For at least one year after launch, interviews shared to StoryCorps.me through the app will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the United States Library of Congress.
To learn more, visit StoryCorps.org and StoryCorps.me.
What's New in Version 2.5.0
Thanks to everyone who has reached out and sent us feedback. Your input is essential to our work. Please continue to let us know what new features and improvements you'd like to see. Reach out to us any time at email@example.com or support.storycorps.me.
We've made a ton of improvements in this version, including:
- We added checks to ensure your mic, camera and device storage are properly enabled.
- We added geolocation tagging to ensure interviews have the most reliable data.
- We made user experience improvements to the audio player and other screens.
- We made improvements to the recording and uploading process to make uploads more reliable.
- We squashed several bugs reported by users.
Improved with more questions and stories to hear
I first used this app in fall and while I've only recorded two interviews so far, I'm ready to put it to use at a family reunion this summer. It's definitely much improved. There are new questions added and overall, it seems faster moving from one step to the next. I also found out I can listen to some Storycorps stories that are like what I hear on NPR. I find something new whenever I open up this app!
Hallelujah! App updates fixed the bugs
Update: with the newest release 2.5.0 out, I had my students update their apps and run some peer to peer interviews in class - looks like the major bugs are gone! All our interviews uploaded and there were no mysterious disappearances or struggles. UI is much nicer now too! Phew.
I recently used the app to run The Great Thanksgiving Listen project with my 10th grade history students. Each of them recorded a grandparent or adult in their lives using the app, and then we uploaded them all with a special classroom keyword.
The app functionality was fairly basic and the process of recording/uploading for all 45 of my students was a little rocky - some of the interviews disappeared, some of them wouldn't upload to the site, etc. I hope they fix the bugs soon!
Once we uploaded the interviews, my students did all of the photos, keywording and description writing through the website version of the app at storycorps.me. Much easier than typing on phones and the interface was more comprehensive.
This is a great curriculum for history and social studies classrooms and I'm so glad I found out about it!