TASK: Design a qualitative content analysis study of a topic covered in the news
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TASK: Design a qualitative content analysis study of a topic covered in the news and write a research proposal.
Define the parameters of the study so that approximately 40-50 newspaper articles are included in the sample by either limiting the population (e.g. limit the date range or newspapers included) or including a sampling strategy (random or stratified).
Components of the proposal
Project titleBrief introduction to the topic, problem, and/or gap in the researchResearch question (revise from Part A after workshopping in class)Method (i.e. qualitative content analysis)Source of the data (e.g. U.S. Major Dailies database via PSU library, New York Times website)Criteria for inclusion of cases:Date range (and justification)Search terms (and justification)Exclusion of articles where topic of interest is not the central focus, and how many (if relevant)Exclusion of duplicate articles (if relevant)Inclusion/exclusion of editorial content (i.e. editorials, op-eds, letters to the editor)Inclusion/exclusion of short articles (if excluding, give word count cutoff)Inclusion/exclusion of specific newspapers (and justification)Any other criteria for inclusion (and justification)Sampling strategyNumber of cases in populationNumber of cases in sampleSampling strategy (e.g. random, stratified, sample is entire population)Descriiption of the sampleNumber of news stories by paper, time period, etcAny other relevant information about the sample
Note: for this assignment, write in the past tense, as you will have done the data collection (that is, you will have identified your sample of articles) when you write up this proposal.