Some Tips for Oral History Interviews

Some Tips for Oral History Interviews

 

Melita Garza
Melita Garza

An assistant professor at Texas Christian University, Dr. Melita M. Garza holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. To further her research agenda, Dr. Melita Garza recently received a $1,500 Dean’s Research Grant from the TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

The Dean’s Research Grant funded Dr. Garza’s oral history project titled “Journalists in the Long and Wide Civil Rights Movement”, which makes use of oral interviews to explore the impact of journalism as it relates to civil rights reporting. The interview recordings preserve oral testimony for historical purposes based on personal reflection and experience. Often, the taking of oral testimony is more detailed than other interviewing techniques due to the generous amount of time a respondent is given when answering questions. To ensure a sufficient account, the Oral History Association recommends several best practices. These include:

– The use of a room or studio free of noise and other distractions for good quality sound. 
– The recording of an introduction to summarize the goals of the session.
– A pre-planned length for the interview, mutually agreed to by the interviewer and respondent. 
– The use of questions that are respectful of the interviewee’s wishes, balanced with the necessity of obtaining an accurate historical record.
– A signed release form to ensure that the information can be shared.

Sharing Experience with Incoming MBA Students at Booth

Sharing Experience with Incoming MBA Students at Booth

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Executive MBA 20/20
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University professor Dr. Melita M. Garza is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee who has worked with major news organizations. After covering the financial scandals at Andersen and Enron, she decided to pursue an MBA and subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth). A frequent guest speaker on a range of topics, Dr. Melita Garza was invited to share her insights on leadership at the June 2016 Executive MBA 20/20 at Booth.

The inaugural Executive MBA 20/20 was a one-day event held at the Gleacher Center. While incoming Booth Executive MBA students often already have successful career backgrounds, they also have questions and apprehensions upon entering the acclaimed program.

Around 55 notable Booth alumni answered queries and assuaged the fears of approximately 250 incoming Executive MBA students in moderated panel discussions as well as meet-and-greet sessions. The alumni imparted wisdom on subjects such as leadership growth, management decisions, and how to make the most of their Booth education.

Benefits of Membership with the NAHJ

Benefits of Membership with the NAHJ

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National Association of Hispanic Journalists
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Melita Garza is a journalism historian and assistant professor at Texas Christian University, where she teaches a variety of media-related courses. During her more than 30 years of experience in the field, Melita Garza has become a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Established in 1984, the NAHJ strives to recognize and aid in the professional development of Hispanic journalists. The organization’s membership consists of 2,000 established journalists, students, and educators.

Members of the NAHJ receive numerous benefits designed to help them establish and advance their careers in media. This includes access to a comprehensive career center that offers job listings for positions in a wide range of relevant fields, as well as a specialized service for disseminating member resumes to prospective recruiters. These benefits even are extended to journalists who currently are unemployed.

NAHJ benefits offer members a variety of networking experiences, as well. They are granted a lower registration fee for the organization’s annual convention, as well as entrance to the media and career expo. Admission to any regional or local conference or training session also is provided at no extra charge. Professional and student association chapters exist throughout the United States.

Benefits of Membership in NAHJ

Benefits of Membership in NAHJ

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National Association of Hispanic Journalists
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A recipient of the Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award, journalist and educator Melita Garza has conducted significant research on Spanish-language media. Melita Garza holds membership in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, an organization for members of the Latino community working in the news industry. Members of NAHJ are entitled to the following benefits:

Exclusive access to the online career center: Through this center, members can search for job listings from various media outlets. Members can also upload their resume and create their own career profile. Active members who were terminated from employment due to downsizing are guaranteed an additional six months of access.

Access to the resume referral service: NAHJ staff distributes members’ resumes to media agencies nationwide.

Access to training and networking opportunities: The annual NAHJ Media and Career Expo, open to both members and nonmembers, facilitates networking with participating media organizations. Members have the opportunity to build valuable relationships with fellow professionals, industry leaders, and recruiters.