Yesterday’s presentation put significant emphasis on how our individual majors intertwined over this semester. Although we all focused on different subjects (Film, History and Politics) throughout our Liberal Arts degree, we effectively combined our interdisciplinary knowledge to create a presentation about Brexit.
Although I never enjoyed history or politics, this project taught me to look at it through a cinematic approach. My ability to analyse visual material allowed me to conceptualise complex economic language used in mass media and thus contribute to a political subject constructively.
Please find the final version of the presentation with the bibliography here: Communication Group D 18-19 Presentation
We hope all is well.
All of us got together today to structure our presentation. The following questions came up which we would appreciate to discuss on Wednesday:
- After your feedback last week, we have come up with a revised research question. As you suggested, we have united our research question into one and included your idea of the debate: How did the mass media’s presentation of the EU Referendum campaign debate influence the electorate?
- How do you want us to reference graphs/images in the presentation? Is a bibliography at the end of the presentation valid?
- What do you want to see in the conclusion? We included why we chose Brexit as our subject, how the research project links to the sub-theme of communication and our individual disciplines (Film, History and Politics) and what limitations our project faces.
- What is the “Presentation Title” on the “Liberal Arts Individual Participation” document. When do we upload it? Prior or post to our presentation?
Please let us know what you think.
Thank you so much for all your patience and support.
All the best,
Communication Group D
After the data collection over half-term, I put together an abstract of my presentation to present to Angel: Group D – Communication – Abstract.
I received the following criticism which I will address prior to next week:
- Unite the research questions.
- What does the research project suggest? What is changing in the world? Truth? Power?
- Restructure the order of my argument and use the politician as a back up for my argument.
- Employ transition sentences and overlap key words for a clear structure and an overall understanding.
- I asked the politician whether she trusts what newspapers print in respect to political coverage. She writes “Yes. Most definitely.” This is an example of how influential the press is, even on politicians, and a reflection on how accurate they really are.
- Explain why The Sun and The Guardian are an example of a left- and right-wing newspaper.
- Why are The Sun and The Guardian comparable?
- Find an editorial version of The Guardian for a valid comparison.
During half-term, I interviewed the MP Labour politician. Please find attached the questionnaire: Group D – Communication – Questionnaire for Interview.
The answers have been very helpful in re-thinking and structuring the research question and hypothesis of the project which will be presented and discussed on the 25th March 2019.
Research Question: How did different mass media outlets communicate the EU Referendum campaign? To what extent did their strategy influence voters?
Hypothesis: This research indicates that the majority of the press was heavily skewed in favour of Brexit and this may have had some influence on the voters.
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?
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?
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?
Today’s meeting was a little challenging for all of us as there were a number of misunderstandings in terms of our research question. I understand where I might have been a little unclear but in order to have the selected politician included in our research project I need to collect questions from Laura, Nicola and Molly related to their mass media focus (e.g. social media and newspaper) to forward to them. Just to clarify that our presentation is not about the politician but about their expertise as a politician in parliament. They can give us guidance as to what we should watch out for and give our presentation a valuable voice. Due to the difficulties in finding data for specifically the 24 June 2016, we have decided to focus our research question on a wider timeframe and have now amended the question to:
“Explore how different mass media outlets communicate the aftermath of the Brexit vote.”
With this in mind, we said that we will all have a set of questions ready by Sunday for me to forward to the politician and their assistant as they need to check with the government guidelines whether they are allowed to take part in our research and answer our questions. I will fill in an ethical approval form now.
- Complete the ethical approval form
- By Sunday have questions ready in related to the selected mass media outlet to send to the politician
- Revise and comment on each other’s procedures
Think about specific mass media to narrow down the research:
Focus on the aftermath of the Brexit vote (24 June 2016):
- Look at Twitter – how accurate are Twitter posts? Who posted what (e.g. celebrities and politicians)? Analyse the clicktivism theory in relation to the use of social media for political interpretation.
- Look at The Guardian/Telegraph vs. Daily Mail/Sun – more vs. less reliable sources and how each interpret the Brexit vote?
- Look at TV/News – is it similar to the newspaper articles? Who is involved? What channels were talking about Brexit? Analyse This Morning in comparison to the BBC News: is Brexit as politically addressed in This Morning as in the BBC News?
- Look at German/Spanish mass media – what is communicated beyond the British boarder? Analyse the Saphir-Whorf-Theory in relation to linguistic relativity.
Think about why we have chosen the above sources and not any other:
- Remember that the above are “picked” sources
Think about a research question:
- Explore how different mass media outlets communicate the aftermath of the Brexit vote on the 24 June 2016
- Why are we focusing on the above sources? Why are we analysing Twitter and not Facebook? Accessible to the public.
- Look at Habermas theory.
Nicola Screawn – Major in Politics
Molly McCullough – Major in History
Laura Casellas – Major in Film Studies
Josephine Steiskal – Major in Film Studies
In order to combine all of our major disciplines with the sub-theme of communication we thought about a historical and political event and how accurately this is communicated to the general public and possibly other countries (e.g. Germany and Spain). The contemporary turbulent political situation here in Britain makes Brexit an unavoidable case to explore. We are intrigued by how this event is portrayed in the mass media (documentaries, newspapers, social media, etc.) and how effectively the news travel beyond the British boarder. The challenge we face here is the extensive information provided which we decided to narrow down by merely focussing on one specific day of the Brexit journey.
- What day of the Brexit journey is most relevant to explore?
- What documentaries, newspapers and social media are Brexit orientated?
- Come up with a research question
- Narrow down the media research and think about what coverage we should focus on
What are your thoughts?
Best of luck to all the other groups!