The Chanticleer survey: Fall 2013 results


JSU students are almost evenly divided over whether they feel Auburn University and University of Alabama sports stories should be run in The Chanticleer. 

These are some of the findings of a survey conducted by sociology research methods students for The Chanticleer this past term. 

The study, conducted in late October through mid-November, used interviews with 165 students from across the JSU campus.  Altogether 41% of those surveyed were in favor of running stories about the two sports powerhouses in the JSU newspaper while 38% were opposed. 

By contrast, just over 70% said that stories about national events, like the presidential elections, should be run.  

Other findings showed that JSU students are not so well-informed about their student newspaper.  

Just under half (49%) of those surveyed were able to give the correct name for this student newspaper. 

Another 36% could not volunteer any name for the newspaper, while 15% gave incorrect names.  Some of the more creative but incorrect names given were The Chandelier, The Gamecock Star, and The JSU Times.  

When asked if the JSU student newspaper is available on the Internet, two-thirds (66%) said “no”. (In fact, it is available on the JSU website.)  

And, two out of five (41%) said they had “never” read The Chanticleer this semester.  Another 36% said they read it “one or two” times.  Importantly, about two out of five (42%) of those who had read the newspaper one or more times during the semester said that they had used it to “learn about upcoming events”.

Although the sample size was not large, the sample characteristics were generally similar to those of the JSU population.  The proportions of males and females in the sample exactly matched those of the JSU student population:  42% male and 58% female.  Regarding race, 62% of the sample was white and 28% African American, while 67% of the JSU population is white and 26% African American. 

The sample under-represented freshmen (23% sample vs. 29% population) and graduate students (4% sample vs. 13% population), while it over-represented sophomores (28% vs. 18%) and juniors (25% vs. 18%), and closely matched seniors (19% vs. 22%).  The sample characteristics suggest that the overall findings give a general indication of JSU student sentiments and familiarity with the student newspaper. 

For more information contact Dr. Adrian Aveni at aaveni@jsu.edu.

Thanks to the following interviewers who made the study possible:  Angel, Erika, Taneria, Priscilla, April, Laura, Patricia, Kathy, Caryn, Joshua, and Lunden.                 

11/21/2013


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