Extra: The Danger of a Single Story (2009)

As you work on your research and pre-interview plan, I wanted to post this 2009 TED Talk from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie (Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists) in which she cautions against telling a singular narrative about a person for fear of minimizing their story. I usually show it in my undergraduate Critical Issues in Journalism class at the beginning of the semester and I think it bears sharing here as a reminder to understand your interview subjects as complex human beings who do not merely represent the issues your work hopes to address, but whose lived experiences, with their contradictions and their intersections, imbue your stories with humanity.

the danger of a single story (2009)