USFSP to Share Real Stories in Storytelling Festival

A photo of USFSP journalism students conducting an interview with a Midtown resident.

USFSP students conduct an interview with a Midtown resident.

Students and faculty in the USF St. Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies will participate in two events as part of the third annual Story Days in Tampa Bay storytelling festival, Oct. 3-8. The events are free and open to the public.

Visiting Assistant Professor Janet Keeler will present “Hungry for Stories: Connecting Food to Our Narrative” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. in Davis Hall Room 130.

“Food, and more importantly food experiences, tells the true tales of our lives,” said Keeler, former food editor at the Tampa Bay Times. “This storytelling session will unlock your food story and teach you how to value memories of both hardship and abundance.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. students in the university’s Neighborhood News Bureau will present “Midtown Stories,” an exhibit of audio and audiovisual projects featuring Midtown residents talking about the community’s past and present. The projects will include the radio series “Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Midtown,” aired by WUSF’s show “Florida Matters.” The program also will feature “Voices of Midtown,” a multimedia series featuring Midtown residents and USFSP graduate Vanya Iliev’s mini-documentary “The Spa Beach Controversy,” about the integration of St. Petersburg’s Spa Beach in the late 1950s.

The second event will be held at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Dr. Bernardo Motta and his students will be on hand to talk to guests and answer questions.