When was it published? In what year? Since your are dealing with current events, the year of publication is relevant.
Who is the author? is the author an expert on the subject?
What newspaper published the piece?
Is it recognized for its quality and objectivity?
Does the newspaper tend to be biased?
What point of view is the author presenting? It the author partial or impartial?
Is it considered an opinion, investigative or analysis piece?
What is it about?
Is the article general or covers the topic in depth? A long-form journalism article would cover the topic more comprehensively.
Who is the audience?
In the case of newspapers, the audience is usually the public. However, some newspapers and magazines have a target audience. For example, La Croix is a daily newspaper in France that has a Roman Catholic orientation.
Developing Research Questions: Your Scope & Feasibility
An important aspect of determining your research question is scope. What is feasible for you to answer within your time, your access, your economic, and other constraints? Have you chosen a question that acknowledges those limitations.
- Many of us start with a very broad question in mind. Try these steps to narrow:
- State your research interest
- Think of a narrower scope
- Brainstorm questions
- Pick the question you are most interested in
- Rephrase the question to be narrower in scope
- Repeat as needed