WUSF To Collect Stories From St. Petersburg's Historic Midtown Neighborhood

Feb 22, 2016

Everyone has a story to share, and WUSF News is hitting the road to collect some gems.


“Telling Tampa Bay Stories” is a new project from WUSF News, where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s fascinating yet lesser-known spots. And we will record stories from members of those communities.


For our first visit, we’re joining with students from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Saturday, (Feb. 27) from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. It’s located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s historic Midtown neighborhood.


It's an idea similar to NPR's popular Story Corps series, with a distinct Tampa Bay area flavor. This week, residents are invited to share their memories of Midtown and St. Petersburg. Guests are welcome to bring photos and other artifacts of particular moments.


Walk-ins are welcome at this Saturday’s event, though pre-scheduled interviews will be conducted first at the museum, located at 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg.


Select stories will be recorded and some may be broadcast on a future date on WUSF 89.7 News. The Midtown Edition stories also will be shared online by the advanced reporting students from the Neighborhood News Bureau class at nnbnews.com


If you would like to participate, or have additional questions, please call 727-873-4856 and leave your name and contact number, or send an email to nnb@usfsp.edu.


The following week, on March 6, Pinellas County Students in the Journeys in Journalism magnet program will be doing a similar project, where they speak with their own family members about their lives and their community. The stories will be published by the school publications at Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle School and Lakewood High.


The public also is invited to attend this event, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Woodson Museum.