UC Berkeley
Fall 2017

CS160

assignment 2, need finding

Part A due: before your Studio on Friday, September 1
Part B due: before Class on Wednesday, September 6
assignment value: 6 points

Task 1: Personal diary study

Do this part immediately (i.e., Monday, Tuesday), since the rest of the assignment depends on Part 1. Conduct a diary study on yourself as described in class by comparing 2 consecutive days of browsing the news on AllSides and the typical ways you get the news. That is, in addition to whatever daily routine you have for learning about the daily news, make sure you browse the AllSides web site at least once a day. If you already primarily use AllSides to get your news, or if you don’t currently have a routine for getting daily news, pick a mainstream news source (e.g., CNN, New York Times, Fox News) and compare that with AllSides. Since the news changes every day, a daily journal is a good way to learn about your reactions to the news. At least once a day, for 2 consecutive days, write a short paragraph journal entry for this prompt: Compare and contrast your reactions to what you learned from AllSides with your typical daily news source.

Task 2: Empathize with the User

Based on your own reflections, design and conduct an interview to empathize with at least two other users about how they learn about the daily news. For this exercise, you can pick someone you know and is easily accessible (e.g., friend, someone in the same dorm), although at least one of the them must be different from you in a substantial way (e.g., different political or religious beliefs, different cultural heritage, different socio-economic background, different in age by over 10 years).

Conduct a 4-step interview with at least two users:

  1. Tell me about a news event you became aware of today (might need to keep asking until you find one that is available on AllSides). How do you feel about /react to this news?
  2. Formulate at least one question based on your journaling experience with AllSides that probes how aware they are of other possible feelings or reactions to the news event
  3. Show them the AllSides entry for the particular news story they picked, and allow them to briefly browse. Ask them how they feel about the other perspectives brought together by AllSides.
  4. Ask if they are more or less interested in getting access to more diverse perspectives on the news based on their experience, and briefly explain their response

Task 3: Prepare a Point of View statement (due in Studio)

Based on your own experience documented by the journal study (Part 1) and your interviews (Part 2), develop a Point of View statement Prepare a 60-second (maximum) Point of View statement to be presented in Studio section on Friday that summarizes a POV that you identified based on the interviews. This should be an oral statement, no slides, and must be no longer than 60 seconds to be able to hear everyone in Studio. Be sure to project your voice clearly for everyone to hear and make eye contact to engage with the audience.

Part A Deliverables

  • Name and Berkeley SID
  • 2 journal pages from Part 1
  • Summary of 2 interviews from Part 2 (1-2 pages) including:
    • The question you formulated for step 2 of the interview
    • How you selected each person to interview (including how they are different from you, if applicable)
    • Summarize the responses to each of the 4 steps of the interview
  • Point of View (60-second statement in Studio)

submission link for part a

Task 4: 2 How Might We statements

Building on the POV statements that you heard in studio, you should have more ideas on interesting directions to explore or interesting people to ask. Do at least 3 more interviews:

  • among a broader set of people (i.e., more people who are different from you)
  • include at least one more question to more deeply empathize with your participants, or feel free to change your question, but the interview should now be a 5-step interview:

Conduct a 5-step interview with at least three more users:

  1. Tell me about a news event you became aware of today (might need to keep asking until you find one that is available on AllSides). How do you feel about/react to this news?
  2. Formulated question from Part 2–feel free to modify it based on your experience
  3. An additional question you formulate, based on your experience in Studio
  4. Show them the AllSides entry for the particular news story they picked, and allow them to briefly browse. Ask them how they feel about the other perspectives brought together by AllSides.
  5. Ask if they are more or less interested in getting access to more diverse perspectives on the news based on their experience, and briefly explain their response. Use all the data you’ve gathered to develop 2 different HMWs on important challenges in getting people exposed to more diverse and balanced perspectives on the daily news. Explain what evidence led you to formulate each HMW in a paragraph or two.

Part B Deliverables

  • Name and Berkeley SID
  • Summary of additional interviews with how participants are more diverse and new questions added (1-2 pages)
  • 2 different HMWs (HMW plus couple paragraphs explaining the evidence for it)

part b submission link to be provided

Rubric

Item Weight 1 2 3 4 5
Journal pages 10 Entries lack serious thought 1 day missing or extremely weak reflections 2 complete days, but reflections not very deep Solid reflections drawing out interesting comparisons Insightful reflections that highlight interesting comparisons and the reasons behind them
Formulated interview question 5 Question does not seem relevant to the news experience Question lacks a clear focus Question seems vague, unclear, hard to answer Solid question, will draw out new information Insightful question, will explore reasons and draw out deep information
At least 2 interviews 10 1 interview missing or extremely weak reflections Does not include at least 1 significantly different person from you Interviews cover superficial ground, not much new learned Solid interviews draw out perceptions of both people Deep insights enabled by good questions or more interviews
POV statement 5 POV seems unrelated to data collected POV doesn’t fully connect with the data collected POV seems more drawn from personal idea that interviews Accurately summarizes personal journal and interviews Insightful POV suggests new areas to explore
Presentation in Studio 5 Ineffective presentation skills Not good selection of content, or hard to hear or not engaged with audience Presentation skills could be improved: content selected, projection, eye contact Solid presentation skills: good content, projection, eye contact Excellent presentation skills: engaged audience with concise content, projection, eye contact
Additional interviews and 2 HMWs 15 Inadequate additional exploration beyond POV Missing interview or additional question, 2 HMWs are not substantially different Missed opportunity in getting more info from more diverse people, some HMWs weak or obvious Solid broadening of questions and interviews, HMWs are strong and based on data gathered Deep broadening of questions and interviews, leading to insightful and diverse HMWs with strong ties to data gathered