Using Oral History as a Newsgathering and Storytelling Technique

Dr. Melony Shemberger

Murray State’s Dr. Melony Jones Shemberger briefly outlines her “Using Oral History as a Newsgathering and Storytelling Technique” article that appeared in the journal Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication.

Melony teaches journalism and mass communications at Murray State University. Her research interests include pedagogy, journalism and media history, sunshine laws, and public relations topics. She is a former award-winning education journalist. Her degrees are a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications, and history and government (double major) from Western Kentucky University; a Master of Science in mass communications from Murray State; a Master of Science in management from Austin Peay State University; and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration and supervision from Tennessee State University. She can be reached by email at mshemberger@murraystate.edu.

By Melony Shemberger

Full Article: PDF

Abstract: Oral history interviews help scholars to dig deep into studying the past and find information that deserves to be explored in greater detail. Journalists also can use this interdisciplinary approach as a way to interview subjects for in-depth story projects requiring a robust historical context, unlike what brief audio and video interviews could produce. The journalism classroom is the place where students can experiment with oral history to attain these skills on deeper learning levels. With this in mind, oral histories can serve as experiential learning opportunities desired in an undergraduate journalism classroom.

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