UPDATE: feel free to email your responses! s 4 0 2 9 4 7 at student dot uq dot edu dot au Hi everyone Normally I wouldn’t subject people to some erroneous survey but this one *has* a point and needs your help! I am conducting a research project as part of my final year of study in journalism (I also do IT – excitement is ) on news audience demographics and I have been asked to garner info from a local group – who better than my fellow riders? If people could take the time (I promise it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes) to respond to my anonymous survey (I know who you are on the forum but my research findings will not note anyone’s identity) your responses will be invaluable. Your responses will shape the development of several news stories that will ultimately be for you and posted for your viewing. It is hoped my research and subsequent stories will show a connection between content and audience preference (i.e. you guys will like it and find it useful based on what you’ve told me). To respond to the questions please quote the whole survey in your reply post and insert answers where appropriate. If you would rather send me your responses privately feel free to PM me. Thanks everyone Brett/elz ------------- Questionnaire ----------- Intro: I-1: Where do you live? (suburb is fine) I-2: What is your connection to the riding forum? I-3: What is news to you? Part A: Background A-1. How old are you? Younger than 20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50 or older A-2. What gender are you? Male Female A-3. How would you describe your present employment? Full-time Part-time Contractor Other Permanent Casual Temporary A-4. What kinds of work have you done in the past? A-5. What is your current job? A-6. Which (if any) other countries have you worked or lived? A-7. Do you read newspapers? Yes, a lot Yes, a little Not really No, not at all A-8. Do you listen to news on radio? Yes, a lot Yes, a little Not really No, not at all A-9. Do you watch news on television? Yes, a lot Yes, a little Not really No, not at all A-10. Do you use computers or any kind of digital technology (e.g. mobile phone, portable/desktop computer, internet) to keep in touch with news around your community? Yes, a lot Yes, a little Not really No, not at all A-11. Please select three of the following choices and order them most used to least used ways you get news in your community? Email Newspapers Friends tell me (word of mouth) Web (online news sites) Radio news broadcasts (short-wave or otherwise) Chatting in shops, clubs or pubs Internet discussion groups or chat sessions, web or otherwise Internet chat sessions, web or otherwise By fax or letter by workmates or family By telephone by workmates or family Other (please help by giving a few details) A-12. What is the highest level of education you have completed? Some High School High School Some Tertiary Diploma Bachelors Degree Some Postgraduate Study Competed Postgraduate Study A-13. Have you done any formal training involving computers? Yes No A-14. Have you done any formal training on how to use the internet? Yes No Part B: Online B-1. Which of the following best describes your experience of the accessibility of news on the internet? Very easy to access Easy to access A little difficult to access Very difficult to access B-2. Which of the following best describes your experience of the reliability of news on the internet? Very reliable Quite reliable Undecided / No experience Not very reliable Not at all reliable B-3. Which of the following best describes your experience of the usefulness of news on the internet? Very useful Quite useful Not very useful Not at all useful B-4. Which of the following best describes your experience of receiving news in your community? Very good: I already get all the news I want Quite good: I could use more news input Undecided Not very good: News availability needs attention Not good at all, we need a major change B-5. Normally, how many hours do you spend using the World Wide Web a week? None 1-2 3-5 5-10 More than 10 B-6. How many online newspaper web sites do you visit when you are browsing the World Wide Web? None Normally 1-2 a week Normally 1-2 a day Normally 2-5 a day Normally 5 or more a day B-7. Indicate what you think are the most important aspects of a quality online news Bulletin (choose 3): Accuracy: Both truth and technical such as spelling Speed: The ability to read the news fast Curiosity: The ability to read analysis as well as reports More brief reports than long analysis More scope for reader involvement More pictures and adverts Other (please note): B-8. Please respond to: “If I had a choice, I would prefer a news website which sorted stories by”: Computer time codes (latest news stories from anywhere in the world appear first) Computer region codes (stories from my region appear first, then time sorted) Computer keyword search (topics containing keyword sorted by time/region) Humans (all stories reviewed and presented according to editors choice) No order (stories stored in searchable database) Other (please specify) B-11. Name the item of digital technology, or other change, which you think has made the single biggest change to the way you get news in your community? Section C – Specific Interests C-1 What types of news attracts most of your attention? C-2 How important do you consider news as part of your daily life? C-3 How do you feel motorcyclists are portrayed in the news? C-4 Is this portrayal accurate, where does it stem from? C-5 Is there something about news or you as a consumer that you wish to mention that has not already been covered?