TO: Journalism Students
FROM: Ms. G
RE: How to conduct a survey
DATE: May 10, 2011
Please find enclosed 80 copies of the surveys you created. Please ask strangers and friends to complete
it. Be sure to follow the guidelines.
- NEVER distribute a survey during
class without your teacherís direct permission. This is
distracting and unprofessional. If
I hear from a teacher that you did this, I will deduct points from your
students in the cafeteria, the library, the commons, the halls, waiting
for the bus.
extra pencils and pens in case the potential responder does not have a
writing utensil. Donít let that one
students cordially and professionally. Say something like, ďExcuse me, but would
you be willing to take a survey on ____? Itís for my journalism research project.Ē
students that the survey is anonymous unless they choose to provide their
name. Actively seek out potential
that your final piece may be published.
- Never leave a survey with strangers.
Wait until they have completed it
and collect it.
your survey requires special instructions, be clear in your directions
before you administer the survey.
to see that they have completed all questions and both sides of the
survey. Your results may be compromised if they donít.
seriously and they will do their best; goof around and they will give you
thank those who participated.