Group D – Communication – Fourth Meeting

Fourth Meeting:

With the approval of the Minimal Risk Registration Form the group came up with their individual research questions for the politician:

Nicola Screawn – Social Media

  • Which social media platform do you find the most effective in communicating your personal view to the general public? Why do you think this?
  • How often did you use twitter to put forward your views during the week after the EU referendum result?
  • Do you think there are risks that come with using twitter to gain information on events/Brexit?
  • When you use twitter, do you mostly encounter views that are similar to your own?

– Clicktivism

Josephine Steiskal – Newspapers

  • What newspapers have you been featured in since the EU referendum?
  • How have these newspapers differed in their coverage of you and your views?
  • Is there a difference in the type of language they use in the articles? What do you think the reasons are for these differences?
  • What is the process that newspaper outlets follow when featuring you in their newspapers? For example, do they interview you directly and ask for your approval?
  • Which two newspapers do you think contrast their coverage in relation to Brexit in general?

Molly McCullough – TV Broadcasts

  • What television shows have you been interviewed on and how have they differed?
  • Do you feel that you are portrayed differently on television rather than on social media and in newspapers?
  • Would you say that television is a more politically balanced platform as it is required to appeal to a broad range of people? (Coming off the idea that TV isn’t separated to left and right as newspapers are, and have more responsibility to accuracy than social media etc.)

Laura Casellas Igual – International Coverage

  • Has social media allowed you to reach an international audience? If so, what are the benefits of that?
  • What are some professional difficulties you have encountered when exposed to different cultures? Have you experienced any miscommunication or a loss in translation?
  • Has your personal international experience provided you with another lens from which to approach your professional projects? How does that reflect in your local work?

– Sapir-Whorf-Theory

What to think about:

  • Think about the MP’s engagement with media and use that as proof that all media outlets are biased and communicate differently.
  • The politician as our case study and secondary source. Her perspective as a MP to highlight our research.
  • How is Brexit referenced? Is it a direct strand or indirect confrontation?




2 thoughts on “Group D – Communication – Fourth Meeting

  1. Collectively, these questions seem a promising line of inquiry that will help you investigate the way that different media platforms dealt with the confusing aftermath of Brexit. The question set is thoughtful and comprehensive. I have no theoretical frames to add, though it is good practice to think whether an overarching conceptual centre will mean that your questions are pulling in the same direction.

    One omission that I did notice is that your questions focus specifically on the MP personally. You have an opportunity to talk to a representative of the governing institution of the UK and you may want to consider asking that individual to comment on the way that the media affects government decisions. This is not just someone who has first-hand experience with the vagaries of different media perceptions, but also a deep understanding of the way that these media perceptions have concrete effects on government processes. I think it would be valuable to explore the broader implications of media and government beyond the experiences of an individual.

    • Hi Angel,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. Like you have suggested, we need less individual opinion and more emphasis on the broader implications. I also think – but that’s not something you have advised – that we need to address more clearly the way different media fill different purposes and target/get response from people. We need to start with the particular and move to the general.

      We have amended the questions now and will present them to you tomorrow.

      Speak then!

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