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Reference number: 18/151




Thank you for showing an interest in this project.  Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to participate.  If you decide to participate we thank you.  If you decide not to take part, there will be no disadvantage to you and we thank you for considering our request. 
What is the Aim of the Project?
This project is investigating the role of interviews in documentaries. This project is being undertaken as part of the requirements for Samantha Smyrke’s master’s degree in Science Communication.
What Types of Participants are being sought?
We are looking for participants over the age of 18. No contact details are required. Participants are encouraged to share the survey link through email, Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
What will Participants be asked to do?
Should you agree to take part in this project, you will be asked to take part in a three-part survey which should take less than 10 minutes in total. Firstly, you will be asked basic questions about yourself (gender, education, ethnicity). Then you will be shown a short clip (30 seconds). You will then be asked a series of follow up questions regarding the clip.
As this research deals with a sensitive subject it may cause slight discomfort or unease. Remember you can withdraw at any time by simply exiting the survey.
Please be aware that you may decide not to take part in the project without any disadvantage to yourself.
What Data or Information will be collected and what use will be made of it?
Responses to the survey will be collected and stored in the department of Science Communication. The only people who will have access to this data will be the researchers, supervisors and research assistants. Data obtained as a result of the research will be retained for at least 5 years in secure storage.
The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand) but every attempt will be made to preserve your anonymity. A summary of the results will be available from the website of the Centre of Science Communication.
Can Participants change their mind and withdraw from the project?
You may withdraw from participation in the project at any time without any disadvantage to yourself.
What if Participants have any Questions?
If you have any questions about this project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact either:
Samantha Smyrke                                            or                 Prof Nancy Longnecker
Centre for Science Communication                                    Centre for Science Communication
smysa880@student.otago.ac.nz                                         nancy.longnecker@otago.ac.nz

This study has been approved by the Department stated above. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph +643 479 8256 or email gary.witte@otago.ac.nz), quoting the reference number 18/151. Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.