Deer in the headlights: Towards an understanding of how journalism students engage with complex academic research methods modules

TRIFONOVA PRICE, Lada and SUBRYAN, Mark (2020). Deer in the headlights: Towards an understanding of how journalism students engage with complex academic research methods modules. The Media Education Research Journal, 9 (2), 53-73.

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    Abstract

    Journalism is at a crossroad. The rise of populist governments with accusations of fake news against what has always been considered to be Fourth Estate journalism means journalists face significant challenges to produce compelling, truthful, and accurate news at a time when reality is altered by those who do not agree with what journalists say. The current journalistic climate means journalists must move beyond the lexical meanings of what it means to be a journalist to a more critical one where they have to verify and analyse the news for the audience. One of the key ways in which journalists can respond to significant challenges to practice is by becoming more critically aware practitioners. A significant step in that direction occurs in journalism programmes at the university level where students are required to produce a critically researched dissertation as part of their conditions of earning a degree. However, with journalism being a traditionally vocational programme, challenges arise because students have difficulties drawing correlations between academic research and journalism practice. Our research aims to understand how students engage with academic research method modules. Based on our findings, we argue that students can use interactive learning methods and online resources to help engage with more complex and unfamiliar content.

    Item Type: Article
    Page Range: 53-73
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 12:42
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 16:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25912

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