Journalism research in academia: The door is already open
Place of Publication
New Delhi, India
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities
Journalism is a well-established set of practices, underpinned by a distinctive theoretical perspective that fits the definition of a methodology (Lamble, 2004). It fits the NHMRC’s (2007, p. 2) definition of research because it is ‘of direct relevance to ... the public’ and it ‘lead[s] to new or substantially improved insights’. But, there is some resistance within Australian academic bureaucracy, especially from Human Research Ethics Committees, to approve journalistic research designs that involve unwilling participants and rapid timeframes (Davies, 2014). This paper documents progress in this line of thought over recent years.