You can use the StoryCorps app to generate your own story ideas.
As you know, NPR’s StoryCorps is launching a big Thanksgiving initiative to document stories between family members on this holiday.
Stories told through the StoryCorps app are being archived at the American Folklife Center at Library of Congress, and are available on the StoryCorps website.
What’s genius is how you can search through the stories to find particular topics.
Ask readers to record targeted interviews; be sure to instruct them to include a certain word (cookies) or town (Omaha) to their interviews. Or arrange a small event (or attend an event) to record interviews of your own.
You can guide your readers by suggesting what questions to ask, or what stories you need.
You also could arrange a small event (or attend an event) to record interviews of your own.
Many universities and historical institutions might have good oral history centers (I found one from Baylor here).
Once they are on the website, they can be embedded into a story or excerpt for print.
Here are some other links to advice on taking oral histories.
Deseret News, April 2013: Preserving family history by using your smartphone