Media Theory & Research
The story that my group will be analyzing is about drywall and its relationship with infant deaths in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with the U.S. army released a statement saying that the drywall was not to blame for the nine infant deaths since 2007. But, experts say differently according to the less mainstream ProPublica news source, which prides itself in the “Journalism in the public interest”. The title of the article is “Experts Skeptical of New Report on Infant Deaths at Fort Bragg”. The word choice in “skeptical” interests me as to the framing of this source. The other source has yet to be solidified.
The framing in each of the articles for this paper may or may not come into play. Depending on which more publicized source we use that source could potentially be more conservative and not scrutinize the army’s investigators as openly as ProPublicas’ journalists. The interviews on the ProPulica’s article were very quick to try and disprove the arguments of the army; it will be interesting to see how our other source reports what the experts had to say.
Qualitative research will be the main method of research used in order to obtain information for the paper. But, quantitative research will be used as well just not as much this because some of the research which formulated the articles for our paper used the quantitative method. Through qualitative research we will be able to answers like why and how, which quantitative cannot. The articles are based off of interviews and experts beliefs, which is why the qualitative method will be more effective. From the information that we extract from the sources we will be able to create a good argument for which source we believe is more convincing.