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Accessing the American Dream in Boston: Field Research

Resources for research, readings, data, newspapers, and community resources in Boston.

Field Research

Things to Consider About Field Research

When planning questions to ask yourself:

  • What will you learn from the meeting or person interviewed that adds to your academic research?
    •  Do you need to interview the mayor on affordable housing if his views are published widely in newspapers?
  • Are you prepared?
    • ‚ÄčHave you thoroughly researched the topic?
    • Write your interview questions and test them out with a friend or family member ahead of time.
    • Write questions for the community meeting, and be prepared to listen for the answers. You may need to raise any questions that are not addressed. 
    • Take photo/interview release form(s) with you.

When attending a community meeting or giving an interview

  • Bring a notebook to take notes because audio recording is not always permitted.
  • Plan to take photos or video. Borrow a camera from library or take your phone.
  • Consent is required when recording people and taking pictures.  Children (including teens 17 years and younger) may never be photographed or recorded without written parental consent. 

Interview Tips

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Types of Interviewing 

  • Face to Face Interviews

  • Phone Interviews (Protect your privacy - Set up Google Voice)



Journalist Steve Inskeep Shares Interview Tips