1. Welcome to the Online Survey

Hello! I am a professor of journalism at the University of Memphis. I sincerely invite you to participate in this academic survey examining how people perceive the Internet and use podcasting and blogging. Your views and input are extremely valuable to this research. It is because of many people like you who are willing to spare 10 to 15 minutes for researchers that researchers are able to have a better understanding of social issues, envision the future of new technology and make reasonable suggestions. Your contribution makes a difference.

This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) at the University of Memphis, with which the researcher is affiliated. Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to the IRB, c/o Susie Hayes, Compliance Coordinator, Research Support Services, Administration 315, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152.

The survey is anonymous and you don’t need to provide any information about your name, phone number, and email address. But you have to be at least 18 years old to take the survey. Participation in this survey is totally voluntary, and you are under no obligation to complete it. You can choose to leave the survey at any time you want. The access to aggregated data will be restricted to the researcher.

If you have concerns and comments about the survey, you may contact me by writing to Jin Yang, Journalism Department, 3711 Veterans Ave., Room 300, Meeman Building, Memphis, TN 38152.

By clicking on the Next button below, you are indicating that you are at least 18 years old and you are giving your informed consent to be a participant in this study.

Thank you very much for your time and generous help.


Dr. Jin Yang
Assistant Professor
The Department of Journalism
The University of Memphis