The Pulitzer Center

Oral History and Reporting: Planning Your Own Project

Posted on December 17, 2019

Whether they are reporting on current events or examining how events in history connect to current issues, journalists often use primary sources in their research. This lesson introduces students to the idea of and methods behind oral history, and examines two reporting projects that incorporate it directly or indirectly into their stories: one about Salinan Indians reclaiming their culture and their land, and one about the Nigerian descendants of enslaved people.

The lesson culminates in students conducting their own oral history project, and considering how this research process might inspire reporting on current issues in their communities.

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