Data for: The Pandemic Journaling Project, Phase One (PJP-1)

  • Andrea Flores (Contributor)
  • Katherine A. Mason (Creator)
  • Heather M. Wurtz (Contributor)
  • Michelle Parsons (Contributor)
  • Kristina Baines (Contributor)
  • Sarah S. Willen (Creator)
  • Sebastian Wogenstein (Contributor)
  • Alice Larotonda (Contributor)
  • David Ansari (Contributor)
  • Jolaade Kalinowski (Contributor)
  • Madeline Baird (Contributor)
  • Nia C. Parson (Contributor)
  • Meghan Lowrey (Contributor)
  • Cit'Clatli Santos (Contributor)
  • Michael C. Ennis-McMillan (Contributor)



Project Summary This dataset contains all qualitative and quantitative data collected in the first phase of the Pandemic Journaling Project (PJP). PJP is a combined journaling platform and interdisciplinary, mixed-methods research study developed by two anthropologists, with support from a team of colleagues and students across the social sciences, humanities, and health fields. PJP launched in Spring 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was emerging in the United States. PJP was created in order to “pre-design an archive” of COVID-19 narratives and experiences open to anyone around the world. The project is rooted in a commitment to democratizing knowledge production, in the spirit of “archival activism” and using methods of “grassroots collaborative ethnography” (Willen et al. 2022; Wurtz et al. 2022; Zhang et al 2020; see also Carney 2021). The motto on the PJP website encapsulates these commitments: “Usually, history is written only by the powerful. When the history of COVID-19 is written, let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.” (A version of this Project Summary with links to the PJP website and other relevant sites is included in the public documentation of the project at QDR.) In PJP’s first phase (PJP-1), the project provided a digital space where participants could create weekly journals of their COVID-19 experiences using a smartphone or computer. The platform was designed to be accessible to as wide a range of potential participants as possible. Anyone aged 15 or older, living anywhere in the world, could create journal entries using their choice of text, images, and/or audio recordings. The interface was accessible in English and Spanish, but participants could submit text and audio in any language. PJP-1 ran on a weekly basis from May 2020 to May 2022.
Date made available2024
PublisherQDR Main Collection

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