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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.

 

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  1. February 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

    In response to your comment that framing “may or may not come into play:” Every article is framed in some way, so framing will definitely come into play. You’re being asked to look at the different ways in which these two sources you choose frame the issue. So, this means that you will want to find a story that presents the army’s viewpoint (that the drywall wasn’t to blame) in the mainstream media. You may have to look at a small local newspaper in which a news release was “planted” by the army (it probably was published a lot earlier and may have spurred ProPublica to look into it and to seek to frame the story differently).

    I don’t understand these sentences; please rewrite: “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.”

    Articles are based ON interviews. But you are not conducting interviews. That would be a qualitative method, but you’re using a different kind of qualitative method which involves looking for themes and evidence of framing within the text. You are conducting qualitative analysis by analyzing messages in the text.

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