About

Stories from Home is a StoryCorps-inspired effort aiming to share the personal stories and experiences of people connected to Indiana University. Why? It's simple: to help Hoosiers cultivate a greater respect, understanding, and appreciation for one another.

How it works

Invite a friend, roommate, neighbor, family member, or anyone else you'd like to sit down in our mobile recording studio for a self-directed conversation. Chat about a recent event or an experience you had growing up. Discuss a cause you're passion about or a person who means a lot to you. The flow of the conversation is your choice! Our team will then edit the recording, and, with your permission, share it on the Stories from Home website and social media platforms.

Meet the team

Janae Cummings

Strategic communications specialist, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

Janae manages IU is Home and its younger sibling, Stories from Home. A communications professional by trade, she has years of podcasting experience—first as the host of the IU tech podcast Talk Nerdy to Me and now as the host of Through the Gates alongside Media School Dean James Shanahan.

Jay Kincaid

Director of Facilities and Technology, The Media School

Jay makes sure the Stories from Home mobile recording studio (and all the technology in it) runs like a dream. A Bloomington native and IU alum, Jay built his career in New York working for NBC, CNBC, and King World,which syndicates game, talk and news-related shows. He has earned 10 national Emmy awards for his broadcast production work with the Olympic Games and MLB Tonight and 3 regional Emmy awards for work with WTIU.

Emily Miles

Multimedia intern, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

Emily is the audio engineer for Stories from Home. When not in the mobile recording studio, the Evansville native studies journalism, Latino studies, and folklore at IU Bloomington. Emily has been working in audio since spring 2016 and loves to help others share their stories.

Supporting the Bicentennial Strategic Plan

The Stories from Home project supports the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University Bloomington, which includes among its primary objectives:

  • fostering global and diverse experiences for students and a commitment to student success through a safe, vibrant, healthy residential community;
  • creating a global, diverse, inclusive community of excellent scholars and teachers;
  • being a top-tier global destination for excellent education and a preferred global partner;
  • integrating our health sciences resources to serve the state and nation;
  • building a prosperous and innovative Indiana.

Do you have questions? Would you like to see Stories from Home at your next event? 

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