Community Cooperation in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Interviewer Guide

For students doing interviewing for extra credit in classes

(Interviewing is now closed)


Note, before interviewing

This guide is intended only for LSU students who are doing interviews for extra credit in their classes.

We may still be updating some sections of this page. Please check back to the page just before you do your interviews.

  • Materials to Use
    • The interview protocol, here
    • The Informed Consent script, here

  • General instructions
    • Welcome! We are doing interviews about life in the age of the coronavirus. These are in-depth, extended interviews, which should last 30-60 minutes or longer.
    • These are not yes/no interviews! You should encourage your interviewee to expand on what they tell you and give you stories or examples. We are looking for depth and richness in the interviews.
    • You can not interview anyone below the age of 18.

  • Informed consent
    • The informed consent is required by the University (the Institutional Review Board, IRB) for all such research
    • You must read the Informed Consent script to the interviewee and get their answers.
    • You must record your reading the script and the interviewee's answers.

  • Recording the interview
    • Recording the interview is a requirement for extra credit. If your interviewee doesn't agree to let you record, stop here. You'll need to find another interviewee who allows this.
    • The interviewee can remain anonymous, and we're not going to use any video.

    • We ask you to record all interviews on Zoom.
      • You should do a short test session to make sure you can record and access the recording.
      • Download and install Zoom, if necessary.
      • Instructions for recording:
        • Open in your browser. Click "Host a Meeting" on the top right corner.
        • Start a Zoom session and hit Record. Hit "Record to the Cloud."
        • You should hear "The Meeting is being Recorded."
        • When you finish the interview click the stop-recording button. You should hear "The recording has stopped."
        • Hit "End" in the lower right to finish your Zoom session.
      • You will get an e-mail notification from Zoom when the recording files are completed. You might receive 2 emails. These emails will have links to your recordings and a transcript.
      • Do two things:
        1. Your Zoom email will have a link that says, "Share recording with viewers," or "To share the recording with the integrated audio transcript." Copy that link and email it to Oliver Garretson at and your professor/instructor.
        2. Also forward the Zoom emails to Oliver Garretson at and your professor/instructor.
        • You need to send these emails right away, because the recordings might automatically be deleted after a short period of time.
      • Note: You can use Zoom for in-person interviews. Just have your device next to you and use Zoom to record the interview.
      • We have recorded a short instructional video to remind you of how to do all this:

  • Thanks and have a great time interviewing! It's important work, and it can be very moving.

  • If you have questions, please contact Oliver Garretson at

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