Here are our best practices when it comes to working with individuals—many with sensitive or traumatic experiences—to tell their own stories:
- Give people choice and voice: Let people know their decision to share their story is theirs alone, and they can share as much or as little as they want.
- Set aside more than enough time for people to share. Recounting sensitive experiences can take time, and people should not feel rushed.
- Consider crafting a guide to responsible reporting to share with journalists who are scheduled to interview individuals about their lived experiences. (Here is an example of one we created with Community Access)
- If you’re developing materials using a person’s story, like C Magazine, make sure to share it with the person before publication so they can review the write-up and let you know if they are comfortable with how their story is told. For pieces that other people create, such as a news story, share it with the person once it is published and ask if they have any corrections and clarifications.