Week 2: Vox pops: Transcription and evaluation.

Question: “What is your opinion on David Cameron’s plan to allow 20,000 refugees into the country over the next 5 years?”

we ensured that our question was open and neutral because we wanted to gain a full understanding of the interviewee’s opinion. This also meant that the interviewee’s response wan’t limited in any way with a closed question.

The purpose of carrying out this vox pop investigation is that we wanted to gain an understanding of the ‘everyday’ people’s thought on the refugee crisis. When we create our article, this will add interest to it because with politics, all the focus tends to be on what the government and other parties believe- whereas with the general public or college environment, no two opinions are the same, which adds a contrast and argument to the story too. Also this type of research is primary research, which means that we, as journalists, go out and collect the information ourselves. In this case, the vox pops. This is because we wanted to find out different opinions to the topic, which could form a mental debate to the reader and whether it changes their opinion or not because of it. Also, it adds interest to the article because it shows us what   the general public think of it rather than just people in power and the government.

Interview answers.

Course teacher: “It’s in a few years and actually, the crisis is NOW and the government need to act quicker and provide more support. The whole of this comes down to failure of foreign policy to understand the issues that are happening in the Middle East and Syria and how the long term interventions of imperialist industrial westernised society has affected those countries.

College student: “Send them back.”

College student: “I think it’s a bit stupid because that means we’ll have less jobs.”

Carris Clayton, college media student: “I actually think it’s quite a good thing because if we were in trouble, I’d like to think that they would let us in. However England is quite a small country and our resources are… there’s not a lot of it so we might be a little… we might struggle a bit but I do think it’s nice that we try and help people out.”

College staff member: “I think it’s an OK idea if everything’s planned and they know where they’re going to be going and there’s enough resources.

Interview evaluation.

This evaluation is going to be based on the interview my group carried out around the college on the refugee crisis.

Firstly, I had mixed feelings with the answers we were given because some of them were very detailed and justified. For example, college student Carris gave us a good answer “I actually think it’s quite a good thing because if we were in trouble, I’d like to think that they would let us in.” However, we had other interviewees (mainly college students) who gave very short and undetailed answers, “send them back.”

Looking back, we didn’t really consider a ‘plan’ properly because we were only asking one question which we thought the interviewees already knew about.

We did try to make the interviewee understand the question a little easier because we wrote us a little introduction prior to the interview. This introduction briefly outlined the main issue of our topic and what our question related to. This may have made the interviewee feel less thrown into the deep end and even give a little confidence to answer it too.

I think that as a group, we all could have acted more professionally than we did in a number of ways because all of us were slightly hesitant to approach new people, since they didn’t know us and we didn’t know them. But we did act professionally in terms of eye contact and allowing the interviewee to comfortably express their opinions by not interrupting- even if they didn’t have much to say because it allowed us to gain key information from them.

We came across many difficulties during our interviews. For example, we obviously found it hard to approach new people and also, I feel that I was actually the main one who had much courage to approach them at all. I feel that Ben contributed the least because he didn’t approach many people at all and it mainly down to me and Madisan to read the question to them.

If we were to go back and do things differently, I would have definitely made certain that Ben played a part in this by asking at least two questions and approaching the people too. Another thing we would do differently would be to come up with a plan before setting out into the college. We could plan who says which question, who records and who would approach who. This would make us look more prepared and like we knew what we were doing better.

I have learnt quite a number of skills this week in terms of interviewing. We learnt how to, firstly, conduct questions that are open and neutral as well as how to  know What kind of research is needed to carry out a successful interview as well as keeping the flow of an interview running smoothly.

The purpose of all these skills is to ensure that any interview is carried out confidently, with the interviewer knowing what they are doing and saying, but also so that the interviewee feels comfortable with what is being asked and is able to answer them confidently.

These skills are also used within industry too. For example, journalists use these skills to carry out interviews as a source of primary research before writing their article. News reporters on the TV use these skills when conducting questions to ask visitors or professionals. And finally, anybody interviewing a new person for any job within the media/any industry would need these skills as the interview would determine whether the job is theirs or not.

Judging myself, I believe that I have carried out a number of these skills quite well. Because I conducted a suitable question with my group for the interviewee to answer, which was open and neutral. Also, I was in charge of the recording and reading the brief, which I thought I did professionally. However, to improve on my weak areas, I need to think more carefully on how to conduct open and neutral questions for an interview, as it gives the interviewee more options for an answer. Also, I need to build more of a relation with my interviewee so that I can gain thorough information from them.There are a number of jobs in industry you would use any of these skills for. They would be: journalists, who would be interviewing people on TV news, radio and even for any job in general. This also applies to any job roles in advertising within the media and on the streets.

I’d personally say that without these skills, I wouldn’t get my job in industry as a film and TV journalist. This is because I would need an interview anyway to get the job and training; to gain valuable primary research for an article I write; and if I need to travel in search of information for an article.

Week 2: Vox pops: Transcription and evaluation.

One thought on “Week 2: Vox pops: Transcription and evaluation.

  1. tomrowse says:

    LEASA MERRILL: Some good notes here on the role of the journalist for your report – please put this into sentences. You have transcribed the work in detail.


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