Working With Human Subjects

A Questionnaire-Based Study Questionnaires

Questionnaire: Open City

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your responses are instrumental in helping me understand the guiding practices and principles of your journal so that I can understand how community based writing journals can develop. If necessary, please use the back or attach additional sheets for your responses. Also, feel free to attach any additional documents that will help me understand the journal more completely. You may skip any question that asks you to reveal information you do not wish to reveal

  1. According to the website, Open City: a Journal of Arts and Culture developed to meet the goals of providing “community writers with access to a larger audience” and connecting the “personal stories and neighborhood histories of Philadelphia residents to meaningful movements for economic, educational, and social change.” How was this approach to publishing developed? Who was responsible for its development?
  2. Has the initial guiding philosophy changed since the journal’s inception and if so, what has prompted those changes?
  3. In what ways have leadership roles changed over time?
  4. How have the operations of the journal developed (i.e., submissions, targeted readership, distribution)? What has influenced or caused these developments?
  5. Your website provides a list of the diverse members of the Board of Directors for Open City, however, it does not disclose how the operation is funded. From where does Open City receive funding? How have funding resources affected the philosophical and /or operational decisions made by journal managing editors?
  6. Regarding submissions policy, the Open City website notes that “Open City is receptive to new voices and welcomes unsolicited material” including found art, drawings photographs and handwritten work. Given these broad criteria, what guides the submission selection and publication process?
  7. How is the journal distributed? What guided those choices?
  8. What else can you tell me to help me understand Open City more completely?

Questionnaire: JOT

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  1. According to www.jot.org, the Journal of Ordinary Thought developed from the notion that every person is a philosopher. How was this approach to publishing developed? Who was responsible for its development?
  2. Has the initial guiding philosophy changed since the journal’s inception and if so, what has prompted those changes?
  3. In what ways have leadership roles changed over time?
  4. How have the operations of the journal developed (i.e., submissions, targeted readership, distribution)? What has influenced or caused these developments?
  5. Your website reveals that the Journal of Ordinary Thought is funded by awards from the NEA and by a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts Program II grant, in addition to the support provided by individual donors. How have funding resources affected the philosophical and /or operational decisions made by journal managing editors?
  6. Regarding submissions policy, the J.O.T. website notes that “We only publish writing produced in our workshops. We have published everything from personal essay and polemics to poetry and short fiction. Absolutely everyone in our groups gets the opportunity to be published in our magazine, whether they are accomplished writers or newly literate.” Given these broad criteria, what guides the submission selection and publication process?
  7. How is the journal distributed? What guided those choices?
  8. What else can you tell me to help me understand J.O.T. more completely?

Questionnaire: APAJ

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your responses are instrumental in helping me understand the guiding practices and principles of your journal so that I can understand how community based writing journals can develop. If necessary, please use the back or attach additional sheets for your responses. Also, feel free to attach any additional documents that will help me understand the journal more completely. You may skip any question that asks you to reveal information you do not wish to reveal

  1. According to www.aaww.org, the Asian Pacific American Journal developed out of a dedication to provide a forum for “underrepresented Asian American experiences.” How was this approach to publishing developed? Who was responsible for its development?
  2. Has the initial guiding philosophy changed since the journal’s inception and if so, what has prompted those changes?
  3. In what ways have leadership roles changed over time?
  4. How have the operations of the journal developed (i.e., submissions, targeted readership, distribution)? What has influenced or caused these developments?
  5. Your website reveals that the Asian Pacific American Journal is funded by “various foundations, corporate sponsors and national & local government organizations,” in addition to the support provided by individual donors. How have funding resources affected the philosophical and /or operational decisions made by journal managing editors?
  6. Regarding submissions policy, the Asian Pacific American Journal accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, short plays and poetry. What guides the submission selection and publication process?
  7. How is the journal distributed? What guided those choices?
  8. What else can you tell me to help me understand Asian Pacific American Journal more completely?

 

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