II. Doing the oral interview and writing the essay.
a. Your first step is to interview an older family member, friend, or acquaintance. Choose someone you feel comfortable asking questions of, and who is interested in your project. You may choose to interview the person about his or her life history or you may focus on a particular event or period in the person's life, such as experiences during a war, a period of political turmoil, the Depression, or as a newly-arrived immigrant.
This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
For this project, we are also guided by the original This I Believe series and the to those who wrote essays in the 1950s. Their advice holds up well. Please consider it carefully in writing your piece.