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Call for Submissions: StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

By Vivian Chum


Nearly three years after joining SMITH Magazine as a contributing editor, I’m still so often touched by the way SMITH’s online community members—an international crew of opinionated and creative types from all walks of life—encourage and connect with one another through the SMITH site.

Take for example the community support that has coalesced around newly-minted SMITH member John Roedel (JohnBigJohn), whose contributions include candid stories and Six-Word Memoirs about raising his autistic son. In Roedel’s words, “Even though I come from the windy and groundhog world of Wyoming, I feel connected in a very unique way to these other contributors.”

It’s hard not to notice that something magical happens when we exchange our stories at SMITH. That’s why this holiday season SMITH is once again encouraging our members to celebrate StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening on November 23 by taking time to record interviews with loved ones and share them on StoryCorps’ “Wall of Listening.”
StoryCorps, best known for its chic MobileBooths and StoryBooths, launched National Day of Listening in 2008 to provide storytellers yet another way to record and share their interviews.

“People tell us all the time they would love to record their story, but the MobileBooth hasn’t come to their state, or they don’t live in a city where our StoryBooths are located,” says StoryCorps Associate Manager Krisi Packer. “The National Day of Listening’s DIY method gives everyone a chance to tell their story.”

So how do SMITH members get involved? It’s easy. You can record a StoryCorps interview from anywhere. You don’t even need fancy recording equipment to participate. The basic recording device on a computer or Smartphone will do. StoryCorp has developed a National Day of Listening Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide, a list of suggested questions, and a video that walks you through how to record and conduct your interview. When you share your story, write SMITH Magazine under the field “Company or Organization,” so we can feature your interview on SMITH.

“The National Day of Listening amplifies StoryCorps’ mission that every voice matters, every story counts,” says Packer. At SMITH Magazine, launched in 2006 with the tagline, “Everyone has a story. What’s yours?” that’s something we can get behind. So gather around a recording device with a loved one, ask for their story, and add it to the “Wall of Listening” this holiday season!

Share Your Story on the StoryCorps National Day of Listening Site
Check out the National Day of Listening DIY-Guide
Read Instructions on How to Record Your Interview
Listen to other National Day of Listening Stories on the 2012 Wall of Listening

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