ABSTRACT

Chapter 1 presents the main idea of the book, which is to give journalists the capacity to produce in-depth explanations of topical phenomena that are absent in the publicly shared knowledge. Analytical journalism is outlined as a particular discipline that enhances journalism's contribution to the public basis for deliberation with science-based causal explanations of current phenomena. It provides a much-needed timely scientific insight into the mechanisms that drive society and influence people, thereby helping them to navigate in a complex world. Analytical journalism consists of five phases that describe the entire process of journalism from exploration to justification and dissemination. These phases are rooted in scientific theories and specified in practical guidelines to improve the knowledge base of journalism, which according to journalism studies is insufficient for this discipline. Analytical journalism has evolved over several years by improving the practice of master students by tailoring scientific research strategies and methods to analytical journalism, which are not described elsewhere. The discipline places the analytical journalist in a position of expertise and authority.