Interviewing friends and family for posterity

Digital technologies make it easy to record and preserve interviews with family and friends. With the NPR StoryCorps app, you can store your audio in the Library of Congress for future generations to listen to. For their new-media project in MASC 101, more than 100 students conducted and posted interviews on a range of subjects.

Many of the conversations were about COVID-19. Keagan Hall talked to his mother about her brother Peter, who died of the coronavirus. Jordan Adams interviewed his father, an airline captain, about how the pandemic has decimated the airline industry. Brandon Ranly talked to his mom, the dean of the VCU School of Engineering, about the pandemic. Charles Casciano interviewed his younger brother, Grace Williams interviewed her sister, and Hannah Kossol talked to her twin brother.

Some of the conversations were about family origins: Beau Seymour asked his mother about her experience immigrating to the U.S. from South Korea; Carolina Campos Hernandez’s mother compared life in the U.S. and life in El Salvador.

Music was also a prevalent theme. Haikal Ahmad Nazri’s mother talked about the music she listened to growing up (like The Carpenters). Nicole Casero interviewed a friend who is a recording artist and musician.

Lily Bryngelson, David Baron and Eleanor Dewolfe each interviewed their fathers about how technology has changed over decades — and what life was like before the internet. Some students have relatives who work in the media: Hannah Hartstein’s mother, for example, writes children’s books, and Hannah Beckner’s grandmother ran a small-town newspaper.

Instead of an interview, Colton Wolf gave a monlogue — describing how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted young people’s lives and offering fellow college students words of encouragement.

Student Link to interview
Jordan Adams https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/dad-interview-about-covid-19/
Haikal Ahmad Nazri https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-experiencing-music/
Noora Alqahtani https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-and-its-effects-on-jobs-news-and-media/
Dominique Antunes Couto https://soundcloud.com/nikkkkkki9/masc-101-new-media-project-1/s-l1Iwse2b9Gj
Coleman Bailey https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-interview-4/
Rebecca Bailey https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/masc-101-media-with-mom/
Alyssamarie Baltodano https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-interview-alyssa-b/
Haidar Barbarji https://soundcloud.com/haidar-barbarji/interview-with-ross-walter/s-jmHx2dqp7Aa
Rushali Barman https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-has-been-affecting-daily-communication-jobs/
David Baron https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/news-coverage-when-my-father-was-growing-up/
Eric Bazemore-Gardner https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/coronavirus-discussion-with-mother/
Kellan Beaver https://youtu.be/MUUhwwZi3w8
Hannah Beckner https://soundcloud.com/hannah-882094630/new-media-project-interview-with-millie-wiggs-of-country-star-news/s-3dUMv9nKrfz
Payton Belcher https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/adversity-during-quarantine/
Janae Blakeney https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mother-daughter-talk-covid-19-tips-from-my-mom/
Sarah Bragg https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-interview/
Carson Brooke https://soundcloud.com/carsonjbrooke/masc-101-interview-new-media-project/s-y0WegYvLFTc
Lily Bryngelson https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/technological-development-affect-on-life/
Ethan Burress https://soundcloud.com/user-51464989/new-media-project-interview-on-skype/s-QKdbzcqvLVM
Carolina Campos Hernandez https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/cultural-differences-in-el-salvador-vs-america/
William Carlone https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-will-carlone/
Charles Casciano https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mass-communication-101-new-media-project/
Nicole Casero https://soundcloud.com/nicole-casero/new-media-project
Mark Collins https://soundcloud.com/mark-collins-848572295/brandycollinsinterview/s-9Cm9pPJhAUS
Ariana Cooper https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/a-glimpse-at-the-impact-technology-had-on-a-daughters-childhood-versus-her-mothers/
Deja Corprew https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/coronavirus-2020-2/
Caleb Coughlin https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-caleb-coughlin/
Mason Dahl https://soundcloud.com/masondahl/new-recording
Yaxuan Dai https://soundcloud.com/ezreal_d/masc-101-new-media-project/s-N0NdRTX1CyQ
Eleanor Dewolfe https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-education-and-life-has-changed-and-how-it-wouldve-adapted-in-times-of-crisis-like-these/
Carly Duncan https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/growing-up-livingston/
Reilly Evans https://soundcloud.com/reilly-evans/reilly-evans-brother-interview
Anas Fain https://youtu.be/U7RxjI9shY4 and https://soundcloud.com/anas-fain-341815982/laurelwalk-dr
Afshan Fatima https://soundcloud.com/afshan-fatima-558089635/interview-on-covid-19
James Figliola https://soundcloud.com/absolemtheband3/interview-with-an-fcps-teacher-my-mom
Eleanor Fleischman https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-interview-3/
Grace Fuller https://soundcloud.com/grace-fuller-389689292/grace-fuller-new-media-project
Keegan Garant https://youtu.be/mL7cYH9aS-Q
Corey Gatling https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/teaching-during-a-crisis-how-my-mom-has-taught-through-covid-19/
Naod Getachew https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-coronavirus-has-affected-you/
Jalen Gill https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/corona-virus-pandemic-interview/
Haley Giraldo https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/media-and-communication-the-way-technology-has-changed-our-childhood/
Antonio Gonzalez https://soundcloud.com/antonio-gonzalez-537065397/tcblm
Brianna Goode-Wright https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/interviewing-my-mother-on-covid-19/
Austin Graham https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/news-information/
Keagan Hall https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/losing-loved-ones-to-a-pandemic/
Hannah Hartstein https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/introducing-children-to-the-news-and-media/
Liam Hill https://soundcloud.com/liam-hill-621034775/covid-19-pandemic/s-4FkI8chTyXU
Gerard Hogue https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/moms-point-of-view-for-coronavirus-outbreak-2020/
Kyungeun Hong https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/13-year-old-views-on-media/
Hannah Hudson https://youtu.be/TETnCMrm_g8
Taylor Hunter https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/corona-talk/
Caroline Jenkins https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mass-comm-interview-with-mom-2/
Caitlin Jones https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/a-covid-conversation/
Timothy Jung https://soundcloud.com/user-346014215/mass-communincations-interview
Hind Kamoul https://soundcloud.com/hind-kamoul/story-corps-jihan-immigration
Nautica Kane https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-has-the-coronavirus-affected-you-communication-media-and-lifestyle/
Tahia Karim https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/interview-with-mom-on-how-the-coronavirus-has-affected-her-in-terms-of-communication-and-media/
Nayab Khan https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/global-news-and-media-in-pakistan/
Kyle Kimmel https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-24/
Gabrielle Knight https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/maureen-knight-on-impacts-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak/
Hannah Kossol https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-8/
Alexis Lewallen https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-covid-19-has-impacted-work-life-in-the-banking-industry-an-interview-with-my-mom/
Nicolas Lopez https://soundcloud.com/703underground/mass-com-project-interview
Jefry Manrique https://soundcloud.com/jefry-manrique-217192459/covid-19-pandemic
Ester Martinez https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-lifestyle/
Maurice Mason https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-affects-from-the-media/
Owen Mattens https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/the-effects-of-covid-19-on-our-life/
Erik Mayes https://soundcloud.com/erik-mayes/masc-new-media/
Joseph McKay https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/interview-with-my-neighbor-april-16-2020-1-month-into-quarantine-2/
Mallery McShine https://soundcloud.com/mallery-mcshine/media-influence-project
Jacqueline Morrissey https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-9/
Haley Moss https://soundcloud.com/user816014610/covid-interview-2020
Christopher Muth https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mass-comm-interview-by-chris-muth/
Carson Newby https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/quarantine-reflections/
Sohail Nowroozi https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/interview-with-a-successful-preschool-owner/
Erin O’Donnell https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/a-moms-perspective-on-the-media-and-covid-19/
Shariff Osorio https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mass-comm-interview/
Abigail Ports https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/covid-19-7/
Steven Ramlogan https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-has-the-coronavirus-pandemic-influenced-university-students-an-introspective-look-through-the-lens-of-a-vcu-student/
Brandon Ranly https://soundcloud.com/clouded-hope/interviewinf-the-dean-of/s-9wQ6G7nC5lU
Jalyn Reid https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/jalyn-and-julie-reid/
Caleb Rivera https://youtu.be/FP3UHrkRHjY
Christopher Rivera Carvajal https://archive.storycorps.org/?post_type=interviews&p=2252655
Christian Rohrbach https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-interview-2/
Miguel Salas https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/music-through-the-years/
Christina Sande https://soundcloud.com/christina-sande-890077695/new-media-project_christina-sande
Ryan Sanders https://archive.storycorps.org/?post_type=interviews&p=2252476
Jhaniel Santiago https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/coronavirus-2/
Zeron Sewell https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/effects-of-coronavirus-and-the-media-with-oquin-robinson/
Beau Seymour https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/youth-as-an-immigrant-a-conversation-with-my-mother/
D’Nia Shillingford https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/an-interview-with-family-members-affected-by-the-pandemic/
Brandi Shively https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/a-fashion-designers-take-digital-media-in-the-fashion-industry/
Christian Slater https://soundcloud.com/christian-slater-2/new-media-project
Brittaney Smith https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/sisters-talk-the-way-technology-has-changed-how-children-play/
Julia Smith https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/new-media-project-21/
Jacqueline Snow https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/how-covid-19-has-affected-older-generations/
Lauren Spiers https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/lauren-spiers-and-mom-corona-interview/
Luke Strother https://soundcloud.com/ostroblock/coronavirus-vcus-take
Alyssa Tallent https://archive.storycorps.org/?post_type=interviews&p=2251983
Markus Terhorst https://soundcloud.com/markus-terhorst/covid19-psa1
Amy Truong https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/news-media-project-4/
Claudia Tyson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ5JqqLweGM
Alexander Vance https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/coronavirus-interview-with-lois-parisot/
Jaekob Vollbrecht https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/jaekob-cathy-ed-talk-music/
Sophia Volpe https://archive.storycorps.org/?post_type=interviews&p=2246824
Emma Wade https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/technology-from-mother-to-child/
Jarrell Whitehead https://archive.storycorps.org/?post_type=interviews&p=2251650
Grace Williams https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/hospital-workers-during-the-pandemic/
Estifanos Woldemichael https://soundcloud.com/estifanos-woldemichael-187734244/newmediainterview
Colton Wolf https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/words-of-encouragement-for-every-undergraduate-suffering-through-quarantine/
Anya Zasler https://soundcloud.com/anya-zasler/the-change-in-music

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