Beren Attoe Journalism


unit 2 1.1

Quantitative and Qualitative Research (Leasa)


Measuring quantity over quality.

Quantitative research is to measure quantity over quality. The end result of which is usually a statistical piece and is used to draw information from a large number of people. A common application of quantitative research is questionnaires and surveys.

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Research: Official & Unofficial 1.1 (Leasa)

What happened?

Terry Bollea – also known as the wrestling legend Hulk Hogan – issued an apology July 2015 for a racist rant caught on a 2008 tape (the rant in question was found by Radar Online and National Enquirer).

These numerous remarks were made as his daughter, Brooke Hogan, was dating a black man. Despite his apology, his contract with the WWE was terminated and the company has deleted all references to him across their website, as well as removing all related merchandise from their shop.

Later, Dwayne Johnson – also known as the wrestler The Rock – made a response towards this apology, stating that he’d ‘not known him to be racist’. He added that he was ‘pretty disappointed’ regarding the matter. (Antoinette Bueno, 2015)

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Week 1 Skills: Why I Write (Greg)

Why I Write.

The definition of ‘why people write’ is the motivation and underlying reasons for what drives writers. Below is a quote from a professional writer, Anais Nin, which goes into her thoughts on why people write.

“Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me. The world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own.”

(The New Woman / Anais Nin, 1974)

This prompted an exploration into why I personally write. We studied and examined this as a class after looking into other professional examples of why authors write. Below is my own explanation for this topic.

‘A woman who wants to loathes everything that the world has become. A hero who strives to protect everyone in the name of justice. A man who tries to live a normal life despite the oddities occurring all around him.

They’re all characters. A person who is not real, but has the motivations, desires and fears in the same way as a person who is real. And it all comes back to why I write. Why do I write? What compels me to continue despite the low opinion I have of my own work?

I write because of these fictional people. I write because I love giving them life. Once I know who they are – even if they are just a mess of ideas – I can’t let them go. They are people in my head. I’ll know exactly how they’ll act, what they’ll say, where they’ll go. It allows me to dream for hours, cooking up scenarios that relate to them. A woman who refuses to face the denial she’s lived with. A hero who has to see how grey the concept of ‘morality’ really is. A man who could leave for a simple life at any point, but doesn’t.

In a way, this character-driven work allows me to briefly escape from reality. Escapism to get away from the dull, harsh life that many people have to lead.’

Comparing my own reason to that of Anais Nin, my motivations are far more character-driven. Apart from that, they are similar. I get myself into the minds of my characters, while Anais absorbs herself in world-building as a whole.

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