Conducting An Interview

My group and I have decided to look at the connection between the way the news is accessed and one’s overall understanding of current events. We have decided to investigate news relevance, and what is more prominent (sensationalised or political). I decided to trial out some of the questions we drafted this week on two people to compare the results and see what is in need of improvement.

Subject is Male, aged 13-17

What media platforms do you get your news from?

Computer, phone, iPad, television and word of mouth.

What news outlets do you use?

Sky Sports, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald.

Do you use social media to access news?

Yes, but not all the time.

Which social media sites do you use to access the news?

Twitter and Facebook

Do you feel well informed on current events?

Yes

What have you heard more about: the Sydney Siege or Zayn leaving One Direction?

Zayn leaving One Direction.

Subject is Female, aged 30-40

What media platforms do you get your news from?

Newspaper, phone, iPad, television and the radio.

What news outlets do you use?

Daily Telegraph, Wollondilly Advertiser and the Macarthur Chronicle.

Do you use social media to access news?

Yes.

Which social media site/s do you use to access the news?

Twitter.

Do you feel well informed on current events?

No, only because I don’t actively seek it.

What have you heard more about: the Sydney Siege or Zayn leaving One Direction?

Zayn leaving One Direction because they media is still talking about it.

After conducting these interviews I found that the question asked didn’t really leave much room for an open ended answer. They’re all pretty straightforward questions that don’t have too much leeway for an answer. This will be very helpful in the end for us, as we won’t have a stack load of different responses. The second individual I interviewed hinted at popular culture being more prevalent in everyday media. Although the siege in Sydney was a massive thing, the media is still talking about, three to four weeks later, the decision someone made to leave a band.

I think the topic we have chosen will be an interesting one to investigate. The research question might need a little more work and our questions need to be refined and clearer in order to get the most information we can out of people. My two trial runs have left me feeling positive about what we are trying to achieve. I am very interested to see if there is a direct link between the sites and platforms people access and how informed they are about current events.

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One thought on “Conducting An Interview

  1. I think you have really strong questions and you must’ve gotten lots of information to help guide your ideas. I agree how it would be hard to find some open ended answers, maybe try googling some, I did that for mine haha

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