STEP ONE: CHOOSE EITHER INTERVIEW OPTION ONE OR TWO:
INTERVIEW OPTION ONE: One Person Interview and portrait
Choose someone you know fairly well, that you are pretty confident can talk to you about your neighborhood’s changes, and how those changes have influenced their life and the life of the community. The longer this person has been in the neighborhood, the better (For example, Ezra has lived in Park Slope for 30 years). This person can be a relative, a family friend, the owner of the local corner store, the pastor of a local church, or someone else you think will have good community stories. While you are talking to that person DO YOUR RESEARCH so that your portrait of that person shows who they are, (ala Ruddy Roye’s examples).
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
Choose FIVE – SEVEN quotes you feel can answer the questions: How has your neighborhood changed, and what influence have these changes had on the person you interviewed and the community? You will transcribe those quotes and type them into a document with a specific format, heading, and including a summary of your interview that describes the interview, its information and implications, including 2 – 3 questions that were raised by this research. Upload the portrait to Flickr, and email it to Mr. Salak: email@example.com, who will print out an 8” x 10” image of the person for you.
INTERVIEW OPTION TWO: Several Person, Community Interview and portraits
Write/choose some questions that you would like to ask a number of people in the neighborhood. Hit the street with your questions, a clipboard, a writing utensil, and your camera. Stop people on the street, or go into stores and restaurants to see if they will agree to answer your questions and to be photographed. DO YOUR RESEARCH so that your portraits of each person tell a story of who they are (ala Ruddy Roye’s examples).
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
_____I choose Interview Option One_____I choose Interview Option Two
INTERVIEW OPTION ONE STEP-BY-STEP
Part One: Due Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Step One was to choose this as your option.
STEP TWO: Thinking about who you can interview
Think about three people in your community that you could possibly interview. REMEMBER: The longer they have lived in the community the better (Ezra has lived in Park Slope for 30 years).
Write these potential interviewees names here:
Rank them in order of who you think would make the best interview. Put a #1 by who is your first choice, a #2 by your second choice, and a #3 by your third choice.
STEP THREE: Interview bio
Sketch out the details of your #1 choice’s life in the template below:
Person’s name: ____________________________________
Age (or approximate age): ____________________________
Where they were born: ______________________________
How long he/she has lived in your neighborhood: _____________________
What that person does or used to do for a living:_______________________
This person will make a good interviewee for this project because: Answer below:
STEP FOUR: Generating Questions
Review the list of questions below. Put a check mark by any you might want to use. Fill in the blanks at the bottom with questions of your own. REMEMBER: You want to ask open-ended questions that don’t lead the interviewee to answer a particular way. Guaranteed: You will also think of questions as you go.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO NYC/THIS NEIGHBORHOOD?
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS LIKE WHEN YOU ARRIVED?
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS LIKE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
ARE THERE ANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM THAT TIME?
HAS THE COMMUNITY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? HOW SO?
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO NOTICE THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS CHANGING?
WHEN DID THE NEIGHBORHOOD FIRST BEGIN TO CHANGE?
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING/HAVE HAPPENED?
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU MISS FROM HOW IT USED TO BE?
HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
ARE THERE ANY MEMORABLE CHARACTERS FROM BACK IN THE DAYS?
ANYTHING YOU USED TO DO THAT PEOPLE DON’T DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ANY MORE?
Make up your own questions here (Think about your interviewee, what might you want to ask him or her based on what you know about him/her):
STEP FIVE: Make a date to interview your person
Contact your interviewee and find a time to sit down with him or her.
STEP SIX: Record your interview
Make sure you have your recording device, a notebook and pen, a camera, and your list of questions. REMEMBER: Do not let your interview go over 20 minutes. You will be surprised at how much information you can get in that time. REMEMBER: Take your interviewees portrait before you leave.
STEP SEVEN: Reviewing your interview
Listen to your interview and make note of interesting points in the interview and jot notes on topics of interest.
ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE STEPS YOU WILL BEGIN WORK ON PART TWO: TRANSCRIBING YOUR INTERVIEW AND PUTTING THE PROJECT TOGETHER