Working With Human Subjects

A Questionnaire-Based Study Initial Letters

Nicole Meyenberg
Open City: A Journal of Arts and Culture
1114 W. Berks Street
10th Floor Anderson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

December, 9, 2004

Dear Nicole,

I have enjoyed reading the first edition of The Forgotten Bottom Remembered and the back issues of Open City that I recently ordered from New City Press. My interest in examining writing journals I admire, such as Open City, stems from my own desire to become involved in community writing projects and publications. I am seeking you out as a valuable source of knowledge about the initial choices and developing practices that guide the project, and the ways that those principles and practices have developed and changed over time. As such, I’d like to invite you to participate in research that I am conducting for my Master’s thesis about community based writing journals with strong community connections by responding to a questionnaire that inquires about the guiding practices and principles of New City Press. I hope that my analyses of the guiding philosophies and practices of journals of which I think highly will also aid others interested in becoming involved or expanding involvement in community writing and publishing.

My research consists of two parts: my close reading of the content, format, layout and distribution practices of the texts produced by New City Press and a comparison of that textual analysis with the information and knowledge held by members of the editorial staff. To accomplish the second goal, I am asking you to respond to a 2 ½ -page questionnaire that covers questions about the journal’s guiding philosophy and its development, funding, submissions and distribution. I anticipate that the first questionnaire will take about an hour or two to complete. Once I review your responses to the initial questionnaire, I may contact you for a second time to clarify or request more information on particular areas of interest. I anticipate that responding to the follow-up questions, if they are necessary, will take about ½ hour of your time. You will have the option of receiving and responding to the questionnaires by postal mail or e-mail and can indicate your preference on the enclosed consent form.

Responding to this cover letter does not imply your consent to participate in this research. If you wish to become involved, you will need to review and sign the enclosed letter of consent to receive the questionnaire. This consent form provides full details about the nature of my research project and the level of participation I am requesting from you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about my project, my intentions or my approach. Your participation would greatly enhance the depth of my study, and I hope that you can find time to contribute your valuable and singular knowledge.

Thank you for your time and consideration,


Renee Rallo 

 

Carrie Spitler
The Journal of Ordinary Thought
c/o The Neighborhood Writing Alliance
1313 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Date

Dear Carrie,

I have enjoyed reading the back issues of The Journal of Ordinary Thought that I recently ordered. My interest in examining writing journals I admire, such as The Journal of Ordinary Thought, stems from my own desire to become involved in community writing projects and publications. I am seeking you out as a valuable source of knowledge about the initial choices and developing practices that guide the project, and the ways that those principles and practices have developed and changed over time. As such, I’d like to invite you to participate in research that I am conducting for my Master’s thesis about community based writing journals with strong community connections by responding to a questionnaire that inquires about the guiding practices and principles of The Journal of Ordinary Thought. I hope that my analyses of the guiding philosophies and practices of journals of which I think highly will also aid others interested in becoming involved or expanding involvement in community writing and publishing.

My research consists of two parts: my close reading of the content, format, layout and distribution practices of the texts produced in the name of the Journal of Ordinary Thought and a comparison of that textual analysis with the information and knowledge held by members of the editorial staff. To accomplish the second goal, I am asking you to respond to a 2 ½ -page questionnaire that covers questions about the journal’s guiding philosophy and its development, funding, submissions and distribution. I anticipate that the first questionnaire will take about an hour or two to complete. Once I review your responses to the initial questionnaire, I may contact you for a second time to clarify or request more information on particular areas of interest. I anticipate that responding to the follow-up questions, if they are necessary, will take about ½ hour of your time. You will have the option of receiving and responding to the questionnaires by postal mail or e-mail and can indicate your preference on the enclosed consent form.

Responding to this cover letter does not imply your consent to participate in this research. If you wish to become involved, you will need to review and sign the enclosed letter of consent to receive the questionnaire. This consent form provides full details about the nature of my research project and the level of participation I am requesting from you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about my project, my intentions or my approach. Your participation would greatly enhance the depth of my study, and I hope that you can find time to contribute your valuable and singular knowledge.

Thank you for your time and consideration,



Renee Rallo

 

Asian Pacific American Journal 16 W32nd St, Suite 10A New York, NY 10001

Date

Dear Editor,

I have enjoyed reading the back issues of the Asian Pacific American Journal that I recently ordered. My interest in examining writing journals I admire, such as the Asian Pacific American Journal, stems from my own desire to become involved in community writing projects and publications. I am seeking you out as a valuable source of knowledge about the initial choices and developing practices that guide the project, and the ways that those principles and practices have developed and changed over time. As such, I’d like to invite you to participate in research that I am conducting for my Master’s thesis about community based writing journals with strong community connections by responding to a questionnaire that inquires about the guiding practices and principles of the Asian Pacific American Journal. I hope that my analyses of the guiding philosophies and practices of journals of which I think highly will also aid others interested in becoming involved or expanding involvement in community writing and publishing.

My research consists of two parts: my close reading of the content, format, layout and distribution practices of the texts produced in the name of the Asian Pacific American Journal and a comparison of that textual analysis with the information and knowledge held by members of the editorial staff. To accomplish the second goal, I am asking you to respond to a 2 ½ -page questionnaire that covers questions about the journal’s guiding philosophy and its development, funding, submissions and distribution. I anticipate that the first questionnaire will take about an hour or two to complete. Once I review your responses to the initial questionnaire, I may contact you for a second time to clarify or request more information on particular areas of interest. I anticipate that responding to the follow-up questions, if they are necessary, will take about ½ hour of your time. You will have the option of receiving and responding to the questionnaires by postal mail or e-mail and can indicate your preference on the enclosed consent form.

Responding to this cover letter does not imply your consent to participate in this research. If you wish to become involved, you will need to review and sign the enclosed letter of consent to receive the questionnaire. This consent form provides full details about the nature of my research project and the level of participation I am requesting from you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about my project, my intentions or my approach. Your participation would greatly enhance the depth of my study, and I hope that you can find time to contribute your valuable and singular knowledge.

Thank you for your time and consideration,



Renee Rallo

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