Local media and trust: notes, v1

The local media scene is not the same as the national media in terms of recognition and trust. It does have a similar power structure because it is owned by a small number of wealthy owners. The influences however are different. In the area of local news, just five companies — Gannett, JPIMedia, Reach Plc […]

LitReview: Hiding in plain sight: A tale of trust and mistrust inside a community of Citizen Reporters

Mustafaraj, E., Metaxas, P., Finn, S., and Monroy-Hernandez, A. (2012) Hiding in plain sight: a tale of trust inside a community of citizen reporters [link] “The rise of the Social Web has created a new outlet for staying informed: citizen reporting. The different social media and networking platforms, like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook allow […]

When life gets in the way

“Distracted from distraction by distraction”― T.S. Eliot I first wrote about researching my own PhD on July 27, 2019, nearly a year ago. What did I want to have achieved by the end of that first year? Had I given it any thought? I should go back and check really. 10 months on, though, I’m still […]

Accountability and surveys

[[What I should have posted in January 2020: As with any freelance work, it is the way we are accountable that helps us achieve things. The way I keep myself accountable is by supporting Helen Kara through Patreon. I had a meeting with her today and as I talked to her I realised what my […]

Update: mid-September

I spent a lot of time finishing the editing of a manuscript this week so I had less time to blog and research. I did achieve something significant, however, and that has opened up the level of access I have to information. To take a quick step back, my inspiration for a while now has […]

Literature Review — Outline

Trolls, echo chambers, misogynism, abuse of politicians and d*ick pics are some of the worst elements of social media. But is that all there is to this platform? How are social media platforms used? What evidence exists of the number of users and different types of use? Who own the media? What types of political […]

Concept Map

I’ve been working on a concept map of my research (with much thanks to the FutureLearn course for how to do a literature review). This helps to first identify the structure of the research and then find matching articles and information that fits alongside those concepts. It’s a great way to work on what research […]

Crowdsourcing questions

I’m now at the stage where I want to find as many questions about my research as possible. I then plan on using the literature to answer the questions. I have the following so far: What effect on political participation and political knowledge, do social media users/forms have in comparison to regional and national media? […]

Drills: Note taking — II

A simple and effective technique for paraphrasing is to read a paper, or even just the abstract, then look away from the text and write down what you remember: what is the study about? what problem does it address? how did they conduct the research? what were the main findings? why is it important? The […]

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