Research you can put to work

Journalism scholars are a curious breed, just like their practicing brethren in newsrooms: They ask a lot of questions. They probe for answers. While their discoveries can have long-range consequences, but much of their research has implications for how journalists do their jobs right now.

It is that kind of research you’ll find here. The library summarizes the results of research that can help journalists consider how they do their job. You can search the library two ways: by category and by tags, both at left. A category search will bring you only those stories in a particular category designation. A tag search crosses category boundaries to find all stories with that tag. If you are inquisitive and not satisfied with just one category of answers, you may want to try a broader tag search.

The summaries are based on research found in academia’s primary journals, such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and Newspaper Research Journal, as well as other journals that publish communication research. Each summary includes the article’s citation to help you find the full study. Some research can be found online, and where possible a link to the full study is provided. You’ll find these journals in many libraries of universities that offer journalism majors. You also may find them at public libraries or through databases such as InfoTrac, Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and EBSCO Academic Search Elite. If you’re a working journalist, however, and you can’t find a journal article that interests you, send me an e-mail, and I’ll try to help.

The origins of published research often can be traced to papers presented at conferences. You can search the AEJMC archive of research presented at the annual conventions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

This library is far from complete; it will grow daily as more research is summarized. If you are a researcher, we welcome your contributions and suggestions. If you’re a working journalist, let us know what you find useful or how we can improve this collection. If you’re a student, maybe you’ll find the answers to some of your questions here – or come up with your own questions to answer someday.

Deborah Gump, Ph.D.

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