Practicing Oral History Interview Skills

The HLF funded Advocacy Story Steering Group were practicing their oral history interview skills today.


Geraldine told us about her experiences as a Health Champion within People First and then rest of the group asked her questions using the 5 W’s of oral history.


The 5 W’s of oral history are:







The 5 W’s of oral history encourage you to ask open questions instead of closed ones. An open question is a question which has a long answer. A closed question can be answered with just a couple of words. Open questions are better in oral history interviews because they encourage people to share more of their memories.


Everyone did a fantastic job of coming up with questions they could ask.


Next the Steering Group members took it in turns to pick a question out of a hat. Then they had to decide if it was an open question or a closed question.



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