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How To Conduct An Interview Using Story Aperture

  • Choose someone to interview (your “narrator”) or answer the questions yourself!
  • Choose a Question Set to frame your interview.
  • Make a plan with your narrator ahead of time: Pick a time and place (ideally, quiet and interruption-free); let her know the topics you’re interested in exploring and how much time you expect the interview to last.
  • Whether using the Story Aperture app or the website, do a test ahead of time to make sure you know how to use it before the interview.
  • Start the interview with an introduction: “Today is (date). My name is (your name), and I am interviewing (narrator’s name), who was born on (date of birth) in (place of birth). (Narrator’s name), do I have your permission to record this interview and submit it to the Jewish Women’s Archive?”
  • During the interview, use the Question Sets provided, or ask your own questions. You don’t need to ask all the questions in a given set! Choose what is meaningful or of interest to you and your narrator. Listen attentively and ask follow-up questions as you go.
  • Avoid interrupting your narrator while she is in the middle of a story, or asking leading questions. Allow for pauses and use open-ended questions to elicit more information.
  • Avoid making verbal affirmations like “uh huh” or “oh, wow,” because they can interrupt the narration. Instead show your appreciation or understanding through eye contact, facial expressions, and other non-verbal signs.
  • When she’s finished, thank your narrator for her time and for sharing her story with you.
  • Take a photo of your narrator, and upload the photo and the interview to JWA!

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "How To Conduct An Interview Using Story Aperture." (Viewed on December 8, 2019) <https://jwa.org/stories/how-to-story-aperture>.

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