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StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters.
Read More About CSP
Who created CSP?
Covid Story Project is an initiative of memria.org. Memria.org was founded in 2017 as a way to help organizations collect, curate, and share stories told in the first-person. We work all over the world on projects that range from truth-telling in post-conflict Colombia (VivaVoz) to collecting stories about a small community in upstate New York (MyAdirondackStory). In general, we seek nonprofessional storytellers who narrate their own experiences, recollections, or observations in short audio recordings in response to questions. We also use these tools to help collect feedback in audio formats.
What's the vetting process for stories?
This project is a labor of love. We do not intend to make any money, although we accept donations (click here to donate) to help cover the basic costs of the project. When a story is submitted, the project managers will listen to it first before deciding whether to publish it. We have full discretion over whether and when to publish or not publish stories based on any criteria we deem relevant to the success of this project. Most stories will be published, edited, and/or shared on this website and various social media outlets. Please do not include private, confidential, or sensitive information in your story, and try to avoid using names that would identify another person. Children under 13 are not allowed to submit stories. We will reject vulgar, obscene, or offensive materials. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other forms of threatening, discriminatory, or hate speech.