How Can I Be Involved?
There are a number of ways you can be involved with the Interactive Newsprint project. How you’re involved really depends on whether you’re volunteering as a community reporter, a prototype tester or a reader.
- We are looking for community reporters who would like to learn about how to tell stories about things that are happening in their neighbourhoods.
- We are looking for people to be our prototypers taking part in user tests in our labs in Surrey.
- We are looking for people to be our readers who will test the interactive community newspaper in their homes.
If you are taking part in the project as one of the community reporters we will:
- Train you as a community reporter.
- Provide you with some technology which you can use to produce reports.
- Publish your news reports online and on our interactive paper.
- Work with you to try out some of your own ideas for how best to use interactive paper for community news.
If you are taking part in the project as a member of our prototypers’ group in our lab in Surrey we will:
- Contact you and negotiate an appropriate date and time for you to visit us (We know people have busy lives so weekends and evenings are fine).
- Make sure you know where you’re coming to and arrange for you to be welcomed when you arrive.
- Let you know how long the lab tests will take so you can make other arrangements around them.
- Offer childcare support whilst you are at the lab should you require it.
- Conduct and record the tests as swiftly as possible.
- Make sure you know what happens to any of the results we gather during the lab tests.
- Keep in touch with you to let you know how your contribution informs the rest of the project.
If you are taking part in the project as a member of a household testing the interactive community newspaper in your home (readers) we will:
- Contact you and agree an appropriate day and time to drop the interactive paper off with you
- Make sure you have all the necessary technical support to get the best out of the interactive paper (this may mean equipping you with a wireless network in your home – which we will do at our expense).
- Keep in touch to make sure it’s all working
- Collect the paper and any of the supporting technology we have installed in your home at the end of the test period.