Consent Document: Celebrities and Fans on Twitter Research Project
Purpose: The purpose of this research project is to better understand how social media are changing the relationships between celebrities and fans and between fans and the media they consume.

Data Collection: We will gather data for this research project through informal, semi-structured interviews. We will record interviews conducted face-to-face or over the phone and will have a third party transcription service (e.g., Call Graph) transcribe the recordings.

We will ask you to describe your motivations for using social media, how you make choices about what to share and not share via social media, how you decide whether to respond to or engage others through social media, and what you hope to gain from using social media

Time and Compensation: Most interviews last about 60 minutes. We will provide a $20 Amazon electronic gift card as a thank you for your time.

Participant rights:

You have the right to
1. Stop participation at any time. Also, you may choose to decline any questions you do not wish to answer.
2. To ask questions about the purposes and procedures of this research and to receive honest, complete answers.
3. Request that any information that we collect during your participation be ignored or destroyed.

Risks and Benefits: We anticipate minimal risk to you during this research study. Because we will ask you about online content, you will experience the same levels of risk as when you normally interact online (e.g., you may encounter profanity, you may be offended by someone’s comments). Although you may not receive direct benefit from participating (other than payment for participation), others may ultimately benefit from the knowledge gained through this research.

Confidentiality: The information collected during this research project will NOT be handled confidentially. We will associate your Twitter screen name and personal information with your responses to questions or recordings. We will store interview data by name, and your name may appear in connection with your comments in publications resulting from our research.

Additionally, the Institutional Review Board or university or government officials responsible for monitoring this research may inspect our participant records. Also, if you agree, we’ll make excerpts from our interviews available through a special collection at the Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Users will be able to stream the recordings but not to download them.

Questions: If you have any questions or comments regarding this research, please contact Dr. Libby Hemphill in the Department of Humanities (, 312-567-5170). Should you have questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research or wish to report an adverse event during your participation, please contact the Executive Officer of the IIT Institutional Review Board (Glenn Krell, 312-567-7141).

Disclaimer: The Illinois Institute of Technology is not responsible for any injuries or medical conditions you may suffer during the time you are a research participant unless those injuries or medical conditions are due to IIT’s negligence. You may address questions and complaints to Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA, Executive Officer of IIT Institutional Review Board at 312-567-7141.

I have read the information given above and have received a copy of this form. I understand that my participation is completely voluntary, and that I may terminate my participation at any time. I hereby give my consent to participate in this research. *
Researchers have my permission to audio record my interview. I understand that the recording will be deleted after it has been transcribed and will not be available to people beyond the research team. *
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