1. The interviewee should sign a release agreement giving the interviewer permission to use the interview for the stated purposes.
  2. The interviewer should not violate but protect any information given by the interviewee that is considered confidential, whether given on or off the record.
  3. The interviewer (or his school or agency) should:
    1. Prepare and preserve easily usable records. Keep a list of interviewee names and addresses, biographical information, release agreements, restrictions on the use of the interview, etc.
    2. Have the interview transcribed and let the interviewee read what he/she has said.
    3. Make the interviews available for others (if the interviewee allows others to use them).

METHODS OF PRESENTING ORAL INTERVIEWS:

Writing and research

  • Write an article using the interview tapes
  • See is you can find other sources (books, articles, letters, reports, etc.) that can document what the interviewee has stated in their interview

Publishing the interviews

Videotaping the interviews

Making public presentations

Community programs

  • Media presentations (radio or television)
  • Stage presentations

Computer and interactive video presentations

 

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