The first phase of my primary research for my master thesis project started with some making. After getting a quick refresher tutorial from designer Abigail Steinem, I designed and made hand bound journals for my research participants to record their news consumption habits for a week and a half. I recruited (with the help of Kristine Matthews, my thesis chair) a class of juniors at the University of Washington. The journals were an interesting challenge. In order for them to not become a chore they needed to be simple and straight forward. They also were made small and sturdy so that the students could easily keep the journals on them at all times.
Some initial student insights
After a week and a half, I transcribed all of the journals and coded them to find any patterns and insights from the students. I followed up a week later with a small group of the participants to discuss and gather additional detailed insights into their views and relationships with the news.
- I don’t care / I just don’t care
- Can’t relate / I can’t relate to any of these stories. What do these stories have to do with me?
- Too busy / I just don’t have time! I am too busy.
- Where to start / I don’t know where to start. These topics are so big and I would have to catch up.
- Don’t trust / I don’t trust any of them (news outlets)!
- Scary / The news is scary and depressing.
- Aware of being uninformed / I read the news, but I know I should be reading more.
I just don’t care
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