My interviewing website, called Conversus, is a place where people can tell any story they want. My experience interviewing includes as a radio, television, print reporter and as well as a freelance videographer and writer, and through my work as a public affairs officer. Because I have talked to hundreds of people during my career (maybe thousands), I have a good sense for what motivates people to share, namely asking a simple question and then, listening. I have had many five minute conversations with strangers who's stories could've been made into indie film sagas, only to have them disappear never to be seen again. I think these interactions are the stuff that fuel us and give us empathy for each other.
And in my opinion, social networks are an example of just how important it is for people to believe other people think what they have to say is important, not matter why they are saying it. Storycorps, an NPR project that that lets intimates talk with each other (which has been ongoing for at least 10 years), as well as The Moth, a PRI project that lets people tell a lifechanging story on stage, have convinced me that the voice is the last, intensely personal but overlooked medium through which people can reach out to each other. Weblogs are a perfect example of people using a medium to go into personal detail about something important to them. Even PostSecret, a project that let people talk about something painfully personal (ableit, in one direction) via anonmyously mailed postcards, shows how important it is for people to tell their story. But unlike screen based social media, these interviews, long or short, personal or not, can be downloaded and carried with the listener. I expect some people, in the social media mindset, or the tell your own story mindset might find this appealing, which is why I conceived it. This is a thumbnail description since I can't anticipate all of the questions I might get. I would appreciate any and all thoughtful criticism, negative, neutral and positive. Thank you.
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