StoryCorps: Taking Your Pulse
StoryCorps, the national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others’ stories in sound, is coming to Orlando in March to preserve the stories of those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting. WMFE will collect stories about how Pulse has impacted our community and host a town hall-style event. It’s all part of our Dare to Listen initiative.
There are three parts to the Taking Your Pulse project:
- StoryCorps Collection: For those directly involved in Pulse.
- 90.7 WMFE Collection: For anyone who wants to share how Pulse affected them.
- A Community Conversation: A town hall event on March 9.
♦ StoryCorps Collection.
StoryCorps producers with partners from the Family Equality Council will be in Orlando March 9-11 to record stories of those directly involved with the Pulse Nightclub tragedy: survivors, friends and family of lost loved ones, community organizations who have been vital in the aftermath, LGBTQ+ and Latino allies.
There are limited recording slots available. If you were directly involved with the tragedy and would like to be considered for an interview, please email us.
♦ 90.7 WMFE Collection.
StoryCorps will focus on those directly involved in the Pulse tragedy, but we know that everyone living in Orlando has a story to tell about how the event changed them. So, in conjunction with StoryCorps’ project, WMFE will be collecting stories from the broader Central Florida community via the StoryCorps mobile app from March 6-11. We will have recording locations at library branches across Orange County as well as WMFE’s studio for one-on-one interviews between family members, friends and colleagues.
There are two ways you can tell your story:
1. Make an appointment: You’ll be asked to choose a location, date (March 6-11), time and to provide your contact information as well as to decide who will be interviewing you. Your interviewer can be a family member, friend or a colleague. You’ll get a follow-up email with instructions, tips and sample interview questions.
Ready to make an appointment? Get started here:
2. Use the StoryCorps app on your own device: The StoryCorps is available for Apple or Android. If you decide to use this option, please download the app, create your account and join this StoryCorps Community. Make sure that when you upload your interview, you choose to share it with the Taking Your Pulse community. Need help? Visit the StoryCorps FAQ.
♦ A Community Conversation.
WHAT: Taking Your Pulse Town Hall
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9
WHERE: Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC)
COST: FREE but please RSVP
WMFE’s Matthew Peddie will speak with survivors, first responders, city officials and LGBT/Latinx community leaders in a town hall-style meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), the hospital that treated most of the Pulse survivors.
- Orlando Police Chief John Mina
- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
- Christopher Cuevas, Executive Director of QLatinx
- Terry DeCarlo, Executive Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Central Florida (The Center)
- Dr. Joshua Corsa and nurse Emily Brown, Orlando Health
It will be the first of a series of Dare to Listen events held in the community on tough topics in 2017. It’s free, but please RSVP.
Parking information: Valet parking at ORMC is available for $5, or the parking garage, located on the corner of Underwood Street and Kuhl Avenue (47 W. Underwood), is complimentary. Its exit is diagonal to the ORMC main entrance.
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS:
- Family Equality Council
- Orange County Library System
- Orange County Regional History Center
- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Central Florida
- The Zebra Coalition
- Proyecto Somos Orlando (Hispanic Federation)
- Two Spirit Health Services
- Equality Florida
- Orlando Health
- WUCF TV
This project is brought to you in part by
RSVP FOR: Taking Your Pulse Town Hall
7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at ORMC
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