Methodological Appendix B: Interview Methodology

Audio files of recorded interviews are available from the author upon request.

I. Interview Subjects and Dates of Interviews

  • Darren Jones, President, Pleasant Plains Civic Association (February 12, 2011)
  • Gowri Koneswaran, BloomBars (November 15, 2010)
  • Selina Musuta, Fellow, Public Media Corps (December 3, 2010)
  • Tony Norman, Commissioner, ANC 1B10 (February 12, 2011)
  • Dan Silverman, Blogger, Prince of Petworth (February 15, 2011)
  • Andrew Wiseman, Blogger, New Columbia Heights (November 14, 2010)
  • Jeff Zeeman, President, North Columbia Heights Civic Association (February 12, 2011)

II. Semi-structured Interview Questions

For Bloggers:

  • How long have you lived in Columbia Heights?
  • What do you do outside of your role as blogger?
  • What community organizations (eg, social, educational, cultural or political groups) do you belong to in Columbia Heights?
  • Do you vote in local elections?
  • Have you ever attend an Advisory Neighborhood Committee (ANC) or civic association meeting? If so, for which ANC or civic association?
  • How involved would you say you are in the Columbia Heights community? What is your role as a neighborhood blogger?
  • What impact does your blog have on the neighborhood?
  • Where do you find news and information about Columbia Heights?
  • Do you read any of the other following blogs or websites: Prince of Petworth, The Heights Life, New Columbia Heights, InnerCity.org?
  • What have you observed about the Columbia Heights residents who comment/respond to your posts?
  • Do you use other online media to find or communicate news about Columbia Heights/to Columbia Heights residents? (Facebook, Twitter, list-servs)
  • How active are Columbia Heights residents in their community?
  • What challenges does Columbia Heights face? How do you hope to meet them?
  • What have been the most positive developments in Columbia Heights within the last five years?
  • What impact do you think digital media have on the circulation of information in the neighborhood and on community engagement more generally?
  • In your opinion, does Columbia Heights suffer from a digital divide? Is this problematic for the long-term health of the neighborhood’s civic life, or is it ultimately inconsequential?

For ANC commissioners:

  • How long have you lived in Columbia Heights?
  • What do you do outside of your role as ANC commissioner?
  • What community organizations (eg, social, educational, cultural or political groups) do you belong to in Columbia Heights?
  • Why did you decide to serve on your ANC, and how long have you held this position?
  • What have you observed about the Columbia Heights residents who come to ANC meetings, participate in committees, or are otherwise involved in the community?
  • How active are Columbia Heights residents in their community?
  • What challenges does Columbia Heights face? How do you hope to meet them?
  • What have been the most positive developments in Columbia Heights within the last five years?
  • What impact does the ANC have on the neighborhood?
  • Where do you find news and information about Columbia Heights?
  • Do you read any of the following blogs or websites: Prince of Petworth, The Heights Life, New Columbia Heights, InnerCity.org? Do you read any other blogs or news websites about Columbia Heights? If yes, have you ever posted a comment on any of these blogs or websites?
  • Do you belong to/“like” any Columbia Heights-related groups/pages on Facebook? If yes, have you ever posted a comment to the “wall” of any of these Facebook pages?
  • Do you follow any news about Columbia Heights on Twitter?
  • Which neighborhood list-servs do you subscribe to?
  • How do you communicate with your constitutents?
  • What impact do you think digital media have on the circulation of information in the neighborhood and on community engagement more generally?
  • In your opinion, does Columbia Heights suffer from a digital divide? Is this problematic for the long-term health of the neighborhood’s civic life, or is it ultimately inconsequential?

For Presidents of Community/Civic Associations

  • Do you live in Columbia Heights? How long has your organization been in the neighborhood?
  • What other community organizations (eg, social, educational, cultural or political groups) do you belong to in Columbia Heights? To which organizations does yours have ties?
  • What role does your organization play in Columbia Heights?
  • What have you observed about the Columbia Heights residents who come to your events, participate in your work, or are otherwise involved in the community?
  • How active are Columbia Heights residents in their community?
  • What challenges does Columbia Heights face? How do you hope to meet them?
  • What have been the most positive developments in Columbia Heights within the last five years?
  • Where do you find news and information about Columbia Heights?
  • Do you read any of the following blogs or websites: Prince of Petworth, The Heights Life, New Columbia Heights, InnerCity.org? Do you read any other blogs or news websites about Columbia Heights? If yes, have you ever posted a comment on any of these blogs or websites?
  • Do you belong to/“like” any Columbia Heights-related groups/pages on Facebook? If yes, have you ever posted a comment to the “wall” of any of these Facebook pages?
  • Do you follow any news about Columbia Heights on Twitter?
  • Which neighborhood list-servs do you subscribe to?
  • How do you use digital media or other non-digital communication tools to reach residents of the community?
  • What impact do you think digital media have on the circulation of information in the neighborhood and on community engagement more generally?
  • In your opinion, does Columbia Heights suffer from a digital divide? Is this problematic for the long-term health of the neighborhood’s civic life, or is it ultimately inconsequential?
Be Sociable, Share!