War Journalism: Research Log

Picture used in the article

Photo from The Independant/Getty Images

I used this photograph in my article because shows one point of view of the majority of people who live in the west, in this case, it is in front of the Parliament Building in London, where the MPs decided to vote against Syria strikes. It’s also interesting because alongside the protest there are, what looks like, tourists talking to a police officer, to show that the war isn’t hear and life goes on as normal no matter what happens, for now at least.

Primary Research

I emailed Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Andrew Miller, asking him questions which would have helped me in my article. Unfortunately he did not get back to me in time, which leads me to think that I should have sent him an email sooner than I should have:

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My email to Andrew Miller MP

Andrew Miller's reply (1/2)

Andrew Miller’s reply (1/2)

Andrew Miller's reply (2/2)

Andrew Miller’s reply (2/2)



I written a short questionnaire that I asked people who I knew would know what was happening in Syria to give me their views. In reflection I would have asked a lot more people, regardless of their knowledge of the situation.

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I was able to ask for an American point of view from people I am friends with on Facebook, with a lot of this information turning out to be very useful to me to understand the general feeling in that country.

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My questions to Emily

Emily's answers

Emily’s answers

Emily's answers continued

Emily’s answers continued

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My question to Emily

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Emily’s answer

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Emily’s answer continued


My questions to Nick

My questions to Nick

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Nick’s answers


Overall Views

 While I am happy with the article I have produced, I feel like I could have done more to produce an emotional reaction from the reader. I am happiest with my article because I was able to overcome the difficulties I found while writing the article, especially when it came to explaining certain views.


These are the sources of information I used for my secondary research.

US Syria Strike Polls from CNN – http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/09/09/6a.poll.syria.pdf
US Pre-Iraq Polls from CNN/Gallup – http://www.gallup.com/poll/7891/public-support-invasion-iraq-holds-steady.aspx
Telegraph article – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10293825/No-attack-on-Syria-no-matter-what-say-voters.html
YouGov UK Iraq poll tracker – http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_uploads/document/raghpsamv0/YG-Archives-Pol-Trackers-Iraq-130313.pdf
Guardian – MoD article – http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/26/mod-study-sell-wars-public
BBC Poll – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23931479


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