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Using video in oral history interviewing – online training

November 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - November 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Features a women sitting in a chair with the vidoe camera in the foregournd

Images of speakers

This online course runs over two consecutive Saturdays with the opportunity for participants to record an interview in the week in-between. It is an advanced course for oral history interviewers considering adding video interviewing either as a replacement for audio interviewing or as a supplement. Video adds more complexity to the recording process but offers valuable, additional data for oral history interviews and in multimedia productions. With advances in technology it is more accessible to oral historians than ever before.

Learn about the pros and cons of video interviewing, the equipment needed, lighting and staging, recording issues and what you need to know about archiving and using video oral history in a range of platforms. This course will cover a range of technologies from smartphone video to professional video camera recording.

About the trainers

Jessica Ferrari (pictured above left) is an award winning storyteller and oral historian that has worked with National Geographic, the ABC and the Seven Network during an 18-year career in media. She now runs Memento Media – a video production house where her work centres on discovering, celebrating and sharing inspirational and fascinating life experiences via oral history based documentaries. Jess was recently shortlisted in the 2020 Victorian Community History Awards, awarded jointly by Oral History Victoria, the Royal Historical Society and Public Records Office Victoria, for her work presenting Memories of the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force 1951-1977 – https://mementomedia.com.au/project/womens-royal-australian-air-force-point-cook-airbase.

Judy Hughes (pictured above right) is a journalist and professional historian specialising in oral history interviewing and multimedia productions through her company Shenachie Productions. Judy has worked for media organisations including The Australian and Australian Associated Press and more recently has focussed on producing life and career-focussed oral history interviews and multimedia productions. Judy is the current president of Oral History Victoria and in 2015 was commended in the OHV awards  for producing a short film using oral history audio interviews, illustration and animation for a youth audience – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBr1QwAjvWc.


Day 1 – Saturday, 21 November 2020

Session 1 – 10 am to noon – Why use video in oral history interviews

  • Introductions
  • Using video in oral history interviews (pros and cons)
  • Using video oral history extracts in project outputs
  • Legal and ethical considerations

Session 2 – 2-4 pm – Planning a video oral history interview

  • Planning a video interview
  • Equipment
  • Recording
  • Practice interviews – homework

Day 2 – Saturday, 28 November 2020

Session 3 – 10 am to noon Learning from practice interviews

  • Discussion of practice interview experiences
  • Remote interviewing

Session 4 – Editing and archiving video interviews

  • Introduction to editing software
  • Archiving and storage considerations
  • Video sharing platforms
  • Other documentation



November 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am
November 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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