Media Theory & Research
For my paper I will be comparing the alternative news source, Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) to a mainstream new source. The information from FIRE is presented in a traditional journalism manner but also has radio clips. The article/radio clips are discussing immigration laws and the harsh treatment imprisoned illegal immigrants receive. The writer also touches upon the Arizona immigration law.
Between qualitative and quantitative research, I will mainly be using qualitative. There is no numerical data that I will be comparing but rather facts, interviews, and beliefs. Since my topic is a slightly controversial topic, I will be comparing FIRE to more than one mainstream news media source. I think that by doing this it will add more perspectives thus leading to a deeper understanding of the topic. I also think that it will be adding more to my qualitative approach because I will have more viewpoints to compare.
Framing will also play a role in my paper because it will affect how I interpret the perspectives and how I will incorporate the information into my paper. Because my alternative news source is feminist based, I think people will have pre-conceived notions and be hesitant about reading and listening to the material. By offering different perspectives about the issue, it will show that a feminist news source can provide the same information as a mainstream media. Also it will show that this alternative news source can offer interesting and different insights on current events.