Now that you have narrowed your topic and begun some focused research, you are ready to enter the field. For this assignment, schedule an interview with someone who is knowledgeable on your topic (or has personal experience with it), design questions, and carry out a one-on-one interview. In addition, conduct a field observation at the interview site or another location* relevant to your topic. Your writing task will be to synthesize the the interview, field observation, and academic sources into a meaningful discussion of your topic. This is an opportunity for you to find answers to the questions you can’t find in your library research.
*Since many students are not able to move around safely in their communities due to Covid-19, an online observation is an acceptable substitute for the field-site observation. Here are some best practices for observing online spaces and communities.
As you write this interview and field observation report, imagine you’re writing an article for WRIT Large: A Journal of Undergraduate Writing and Research (Links to an external site.). The goal of this project is to engage and inform educated DU readers about your topic through your interview, field, observation, and secondary research.