Keeping newspapers alive

“This project is about a group of people we’ve heard a lot about in the last year, though maybe not the ones we’re used to: essential workers.” In seven states in mid-America small newspapers worked hard to keep their readers informed about COVID-19 and other news. Read story here and scroll down to video explaining project then scroll further to hear the stories

COVID Project in Washington State

“KUOW reporters have spent the last year passing the mic to you, collecting your stories in an ambitious oral history project called Voices of the Pandemic. In this one-hour special, we listen back to some of what you’ve shared. Washingtonians have adapted to Covid, but it hasn’t been easy. The last year has been one of grief and hard-won joy, of isolation and fragile moments of togetherness.” Listen to the sound file at the start of the article here.

COVID Project in England

“A University of Manchester team of researchers and volunteers who have been documenting NHS voices of COVID-19 since March, are to join forces with the British Library thanks a grant of nearly £1m. Dr Stephanie Snow, who leads the influential ‘NHS at 70’ project, and her team have already collected over 200 COVID-19 voices, including Nick Hart, the respiratory doctor who treated Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care.” Read more here and click link at end of article to hear interview excerpts.

COVID in Singapore

“Oral records provide a rich understanding of how the pandemic unfolded through first-person accounts. This is why the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) has been conducting 10 in-depth interviews from a diverse selection of profiles each month. The subjects range from healthcare professionals and officers on duty to patients and people living through the upheaval that COVID-19 has wrought.” Read full story with link to project here.

Remembering COVID-19

“Memory is pliable. How we remember the COVID-19 pandemic is continually being reshaped by the evolution of our own experience and by the influence of collective interpretations. By the summer of 2020, the Black Lives Matter protests, divisive partisan politics, and anger over extended lockdowns were all influencing how we remember the pandemic.” Read full story and listen to short interviews here.

COVID-19 Digital Archive

“A journal entry, a picture of a workspace, a painting of the San Francisco skyline — these household objects made their way to the Covid19@CMC Digital Archive, a digital archive documenting the experiences of Claremont McKenna College community members during the pandemic. After seeing a New York Times article about efforts in the New York City community to create historical archives of COVID-19 experiences and efforts in other universities to create similar archives, CMC history professors Lily Geismer and Tamara Venit-Shelton and CMC alumna Becca Zimmerman CM ’18 decided to create a similar archive.” Read full story here.

A COVID-19 Project

“There are many across the Ozarks eager to put 2020 in their rear view mirror and forget it even existed, but one local history focused website is looking to preserve what life was like in the time of pandemic. “COVID-19 Diaries: Life in the Ozarks During the 2020 Pandemic” will record short videos of Ozarks residents providing an oral history of the way the pandemic impacted them, their family, their work, and their social circle.” This is an example of a COVID project, read the full story here and see the website here.