Framing The Journalist Toolbox

Framing my research question!

FutureofjournalismAnyone out there who has ever done an academic degree will know how difficult it is to narrow one’s research question and do it well.

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.

Have comments for me? Feel free to e-mail me here and tell me what you think.

The Journalist's Toolbox

Welcome to the project

Journalism toolboxWelcome to my blog! The following year I will write about my work and progress on this project The Journalist’s Toolbox. I’ve been working on project in my head for many months,, actually for years.

It all began three years ago when I got a great gig helping out Mynewsdesk.com – a publishing platform and press tool – to design a survey aimed at mapping the abilities and competences of editors around the world.

It was a thrill to ask and receive close to 2,000 answers from six countries: United States, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The differences were vastly due to the various differences in funding and ownership of the media- However, there were also a lot of similarities in how the editors saw the future and experienced the pressure of the digitalisation. The conclusions were that:

  1. The demands on journalists are increasing daily. Journalists now need to publish on numerous platforms, master various work tools and be highly knowledgeable.
  2. Journalists feel they don’t have the time to do quality work, and publishers are not prioritizing in-depth reporting. Moreover, native content and advertorials are gradually, despite some objections, becoming a reality that journalists will need to embrace.
  3. To succeed in the profession you need to be knowledgeable, versatile, skilful and creative in an increasingly fast-paced environment.

If you are curious to read the report with results of the survey, I wrote, you can read it here and it’s in English. The report gave me the idea to develop three different categories of journalists. I will be writing more on that and this project the following weeks.

I have also made a resume of the report in Danish, published at Communication Forum and it’s available here. You are more than welcome to send me your thoughts and ideas through the contact form here.