Journalism studies and research approaches
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Journalism Studies is deﬁned as much as an area of research as a subject to be taught. At most universities you will be taught within an environment which insists that all teaching is informed by research and scholarship. This is true of subjects across the board. The best universities have staﬀ who are actively engaged in shaping the ﬁeld through their own research and their modules will mesh with and enrich the practical instruction. Less research-intensive universities will still provide course content which draws upon this research as part of the scholarly environment. Research into Journalism Studies is a vital part of the subject being taken seriously by universities and provides an essential intellectual framework. This chapter will explore how this research has evolved, what its
disciplinary traditions are and will stake a claim for its importance to contemporary journalism beyond the academy. As an area for research, Journalism Studies is located between the social sciences and the humanities. The inevitable complexity of this location is ampliﬁed by the variety of perspectives which are brought to bear upon it. It must consider the experience of those practising journalism where relevant, that of former practitioners who are now working as educators and researchers, the consumers of
journalism – its audience – other disciplinary ﬁelds which research the products of journalism, as well as its own developing academic identity. The need for an area of scholarship to embrace contemporary professional practice is not unique. Education, law and medicine are good examples of this. Yet these ﬁelds of knowledge have longer professional and academic traditions, while journalism, as we saw in the previous chapter, continues to have conﬂicting issues around its own professionalism. Approaches to research in Journalism Studies have emerged at diﬀering speeds and diﬀering rates of maturity and from directions within the academy. These vary from Mass Communications to Linguistics and from English Literature to Psychology. Perhaps it is as a consequence of this complexity, the accumulated weight and the wealth of these areas of research, that something often considered outside the scope of serious study should have evolved so rapidly as a research area in its own right.