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A news story as big as a doctoral thesis? : deploying journalistic methodology in academic research

Duffield, Lee R. (2009) A news story as big as a doctoral thesis? : deploying journalistic methodology in academic research. In "Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship"; Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009., ANZCA and University of Canterbury, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, pp. 581-602.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify and recommend the emergence of an academic research methodology for Journalism the academic discipline, through reviewing various journalistic methods of research – those making up a key element in such methodology. Its focus is on journalistic styles of work employed in academic contexts especially research on mass media issues. It proposes that channelling such activity into disciplined academic forms will enhance both: allowing the former to provide more durable and deeper outcomes, injecting additional energy and intensity of purpose into the latter. It will briefly consider characteristics of research methodologies and methods, generally; characteristics of the Journalism discipline, and its relationship with mass media industries and professions. The model of journalism used here is the Western liberal stream. A proposition is made, that teaching and research in universities focused on professional preparation of journalists, has developed so that it is a mature academic discipline. Its adherents are for the most part academics with background in journalistic practice, and so able to deploy intellectual skills of journalists, while also accredited with Higher Degrees principally in humanities. Research produced in this discipline area stands to show two characteristics: (a) it employs practices used generally in academic research, e.g. qualitative research methods such as ethnographic studies or participant observation, or review of documents including archived media products, and (b) within such contexts it may use more specifically journalistic techniques, e.g. interviewing styles, reflection on practice of journalism, and in creative practice research, journalistic forms of writing – highlighting journalistic / practitioner capabilities of the author. So the Journalism discipline, as a discipline closely allied to a working profession, is described as one where individual professional skills and background preparation for media work will be applicable to academic research. In this connection the core modus operandi will be the directly research-related practices of: insistent establishment of facts, adept crafting of reportage, and economising well with time. Prospective fields for continuing research are described:- work in new media; closer investigation of relations among media producers and audiences; journalism as creative practice, and general publishing by journalists, e.g. writing histories.

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ID Code: 28886
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: An open access copy of this article can be accessed from the publisher's website. See Official URL above.
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Keywords: Journalism, Journalists, Research, Methodology, HERN
ISBN: 9281741072754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 L.R. Duffield.
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Deposited On: 27 Nov 2009 09:51
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 14:59

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