The corona virus project was an in-depth project we worked on over several weeks. We were going to pick out two countries, interview someone from the area, and compare the different approaches. I chose the UK and Hong Kong, even though Hong Kong is not really an independent country, but they still had a good story to tell and an interesting approach which was rather different from UK’s.
How and why did you choose your two countries?
I chose my two countries because I already knew that they had a rather different approach to the epidemic, and thought it would be really interesting to find out more about the situations. I also knew some people in both countries, so I already had someone I could interview.
How did you do your interviews and how did it go?
I sent my questions to each of them in a mail, and after some time they replied. I felt like I got really thorough and personalized answers – which obviously is very good for an in-depth project.
Where did you find your sources? How did you decide whether they were reliable or not?
I started searching through the internet and found some sources that wasn’t just facts and statistics, but also some bias reports. I felt that this actually helped me understand the seriousness in how people got affected by the situation. In addition to that, I used my interviews as sources as well, and these did absolutely create a more personal view on how people really experienced the situation during the lockdowns.
How did you work with your sources to identify what to use?
I read through all of them and highlighted important words or phrases that I felt I could use later on in my presentation. I compared the statistics that I found with other similar data, and identified that they were safe to use – with correct numbers. From the interviews I sorted out what I found the most surprising or important and quoted them in a slide.
How did you work on the structure of the project?
After I gathered the information and personal experiences I found that it would be smart to start off with the facts and then some personal experiences. So I put up the statistics and some facts on the different approaches to the lockdown, and then I had two slides with a couple of quotes from my interviews. The next slides were about the opening up of the two countries and then a comparison of the approaches, lockdowns and the results.
How did this project change your point of view?
I would not say that my views on my topic changed throughout my project, but when I listened to Josefine’s presentation my point of view definitely changed on how ineffective the Swedish approach was or was not. I really did believe that their approach was maybe the worst, but as it turns out after looking at the facts, France had even more deaths by 100 000 citizens than Sweden had. This really surprised me, because France had a really strict lockdown and in the beginning Sweden did not even have one.
How do you feel about the final result?
I feel proud about the final result, and I believe I did a great job. It was fun working with this project, and I enjoyed putting together all the facts and personal experiences into one presentation. In my opinion the layout and pictures in my presentation did a whole lot, and I really liked how it turned out.