In June Recollective producer Jeremy Helton interviewed attendees of the Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference (CCHF) in Nashville, TN. The interviews were part of Health & Justice Project’s ongoing spotlight on healthcare in our country. The latest batch of stories produced from those interviews can be heard at the Health & Justice Project media hub on Causes.com. For these latest stories Jeremy and Chaela mentored Hans Glick, a Buffalonian with a personal connection to Health & Justice Project, in producing stories about healthcare inequality. We walked him through our process in the hopes that he will be the first of many DIY producers sharing stories from their communities. It was a new experience for us to share our methods and ideas about crafting stories and we learned a lot by teaching. Now that the stories from CCHF are finished we asked Hans about his experience working with us.
The Recollective: How did you get involved in Health & Justice Project?
Hans: My dad, Dr. Myron Glick of Jericho Road Family Practice in Buffalo, asked if I’d be interested in working on Health & Justice soon after he launched the project with The Recollective. I’m interested in these kinds of multimedia social justice initiatives and have some skills as an interviewer/audio producer, so it was the perfect fit.
The Recollective: The latest batch of Health & Justice Project stories come from the Christian Community Health Fellowship conference in Nashville, TN. What role did you play in helping to produce these new stories?
Hans: I transcribed six interviews The Recollective conducted at the conference, and helped identify which of the interviews were best suited to being produced as short audio pieces. Once four interviews had been settled on and their key themes identified, I assisted in the beginning stages of the production process, extracting relevant audio excerpts from the interviews and passing them on to The Recollective.
The Recollective: What are some of the lessons you learned in terms of crafting stories during the collaboration?
Hans: All sorts of miscellanea related to the interview setting. Case in point: I have a newfound sensitivity to (i.e. paranoia about) ambient noise generated by fluorescent light bulbs, among other things. I’m also more attuned to the unique power of radio/audio to focus an audience’s attention on aspects of an interview subject that visuals might have detracted from.
The Recollective: What did you find most challenging about the process?
Hans: Whittling down thirty-plus minutes’ worth of quality interview into digestible and cogent 3-minute pieces is no easy feat, especially when the topic at hand is something you care a lot about and want to do justice to. Deciding whether to emphasize, condense, or cut was a challenge, even though I wasn’t the one ultimately pulling the trigger.
The Recollective: What might you do differently when you begin producing stories on your own?
Hans: Maybe this is just my naiveté as a producer showing, but I hesitate to doctor—for lack of a better word—or decontextualize some quotes in quite the same way as The Recollective might.
The Recollective: Can you describe what the collaborative process was like for you?
Hans: I got a lot out of working with The Recollective in spite of the fact that Jeremy,
Chaela, and I never occupied the same space or collaborated any more closely than a phone call in that time. I appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at how experienced producers go about their work, and I felt that my opinions and questions were always taken seriously by the group. And I’m happy with the content that came out of that collaboration.
The Recollective: Are you planning on producing more stories for Health & Justice Project? Can you tell us about any upcoming stories you’re working on?
Hans: I am; the Health & Justice Project is important work, no matter how many people happen to be paying attention to it at a given moment. My first solo story features a young Buffalo couple who could have qualified for heath insurance if it weren’t for the fact that pregnancy is considered a “preexisting condition.”