Research and Design: Two Ongoing Projects! — Week 4

Apr 02, 2020

Thank you to all the medical professionals at the frontlines battling the COVID-19 epidemic! I hope everyone is staying safe and welcome back to my blog.

This week marked the commencement of my first full week of remote interning. Nevertheless, I was kept pretty busy! Working on two separate projects — RFI (request for information) and website development — I was in three hour’s worth of conference calls on Tuesday. Over one of the calls, a few of the company executives reviewed my website mockup for the new iteration of the company website. It was a fun experience getting grilled with questions on the design’s functionality and implementation. Now we shift into phase two, in which we incorporate my mockup insights into the official company website design!

In other news, there’s a steep learning curve with RFI’s! When I was introduced to the contracts I had to review, I was bombarded with technical terms I wasn’t familiar with. Here are some: BaFO, PWS, SAM, and RFQ. I’m still learning the diction, but I’m ready to grapple this challenge head-on.

I tackled two research articles this week as part of my independent research. I quickly realized that one wasn’t as in line with the topic of my research as I had hoped. Luckily, I was still able to extract a few good lines of supporting evidence. The other research article, Paradigm Repair and Changing Journalistic Perceptions of the Internet as an Objective News Source by Thomas E. Ruggiero, came with an interesting observation. It detailed a “paradigm repair” that is ongoing as the result of the emerging journalist technology called the Internet. While we can safely assume that in 2020 we have fully transitioned into accepting the Internet as a safe, but proceed with caution, medium of news consumption, the Internet was a hot button topic back when the article was published. Here’s a quote from the paper: “Historically, journalists may be obliged by their own ideological and professional socialisation framework of ‘objectivity’ to resist new media technologies.” The article presented an intriguing takeaway that was pertinent to my research. As new mediums of journalism emerge, there is a fear of less stringent quality control.

Stay safe,

Charles Tai


2 Replies to “Research and Design: Two Ongoing Projects! — Week 4”

  1. EPittman says:

    It is so good to read about what you have been up to during the COVID-19 shutdown, Charles. You have been super productive! A huge part of entering a new professional environment or discipline is learning the lingo. It sounds like you are doing that in spades. This experience is valuable in so many ways. I wonder how do you handle the questions that arise when you are working on a new activity? Typically in an internship, you would take these to your supervisor or a peer. How has the new digital professionalization process changed the ways you can learn from your supervisor?

    As someone with research experience, I love to read that you are learning research is a fluid process. Researchers need to be flexible, follow leads, and adapt our hypotheses as we learn. Our ideas cannot be static but are informed by the information we become immersed in, and, thus, must evolve. Your summary of the article’s discussion of the ways journalists had to alter their reporting practices in response to the transmission of information through the Internet reminds me of more recent history. In 2016, journalists reevaluated their “code” and the prioritization of objectivity in response to the proliferation of “fake news.” This term has become very charged politically, but in 2016 the spread of disinformation online through social media, which has transformed the information landscape.

    I have lots of questions for you about “quality control” in journalism, reporting, and news publication. I wonder if your other readers might, too?

    1. Charles T. says:

      Great questions! Digital professionalization has definitely changed the way I have approached the issues I encounter. Generally, there are three means of communication. First is the trusty email route. Second is Gchat, the texting service available business GSuite. Finally, there’s Zoom, where we’re able to easily collaborate on pressing projects. Without the person to person interaction, it has been harder to get the answers I need to my inquiries!

      Quality control is definitely a variable that needs to be addressed. I’m still pondering on how much I plan on focusing on that topic, but be reassured I’m on it!

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