During the June 4th Class, you will:
- Choose your partner;
- Choose your topic;
- Think about and make your interview questions
Homework: Together with your partner Interview 10 people and write the first draft.
Ask them the questions that you made with your partner. Write their answers down. Get as much information as you can. The more information (data) you collect, the more evidences you will have to support your ideas.
You finished the interviews and collected data. Now, what?
In case, you are not sure HOW to write your To write your first draft please follow these steps:
Step 1: With your partner, identify and write your assumptions about your chosen topic. For example, if you happen to choose “Sugar-rich drinks and students of Univ. of Tsukuba” as your topic, you initial assumptions might look as follows:
No.1: Students tend to drink a lot of sugar-rich drinks (for example, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc.)
No.2: Students drink more during summer months, than during winter.
No. 3: When students have stressful months (exams, tests, sports competitions), they tend to drink more of these drinks.
Step 2: Write down your “main assumptions” and describe why you and your partner think so. In the case of “Sugar Drinks” (previous example). Prioritize, which issues are more important than others. It might look like this:
First, “Students drink a lot of coca-cola… because…”
Second, “Students change their habits depending on seasons…because…”
Third, “Stress and Coco-Cola drinking are related… because…”
Step 3: After you wrote what you think about this issue, it is time to see if your assumptions could be supported by the data you collected.
Describe what your interviewees told you, and use these to support or reject what you initially thought.
Download possible questions for analysis.
Download guide (on news writing).
Download Sample Article