Framing my research question!
After reading literature and research articles for the past 30 days, I have embarked on my methodology and currently, I am trying to conceptualise my research for The Journalist’s Toolbox.
If you want a brief explanation on the project and why I started it, have a look this blog post.
Not being a trained academic this is difficult. The last time I was involved in research was when I took my Master’s Degree in Journalism at University of Queensland and did my thesis. It was over 10 years ago and I feel the rust, believe me.
Humble beginnings not all bad
On the other hand, being away from scholarly research gives me a couple of advantages as well. For instance, I am humbled and not at all confident in my own abilities, which will make me work harder (!) In addition, I perceive the obstacles to journalism and the future of journalism in a practical manner, not academic. This might prove to bring some new ideas and insights into this project.
It could also prove detrimental to the cause; not knowing enough or having the knowledge of what I don’t know could leave me with gaping holes in both my argumentation and methodology.
Visualisation helps to conceptualise
Sometimes, I have a better understanding of things when I can visualise what I am trying to do. This is a very first attempt to dissect the different topics I need to examine and explain before I can move forward and actually develop the categories for the future roles of journalists.
Want to have a look at journalism education in four different European countries? Read about the Newsreel New Skills research report here.
The drawing will help me a little, I hope. It shows that my attempt is to have a bigger overlap between the journalism education and the journalism practice. I would also like to see journalism education look to the future rather than be based in the past.
Take a chance
This will probably make many academics and journalism educators shake their head! Because it would mean taking chances with developing a new curricula and that would take the courage to incorporate disciplines from other professions such as IT, and business.
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