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Publish or Die? The Academic Journalist Must be an Academic

Publish or Die? The Academic Journalist Must be an Academic Journalists who decide to take up university posts mid-career, struggle to establish themselves against scholars half their age with no field experience. Being asked to publish academic research—far removed in style and content from their own extensive writing background—to prove their worth seems to be an exercise in futility: they are there to teach professional skills, which their academic colleagues cannot do, and this brings kudos to the university. When they do produce scholarly work, they face difficulty in adapting and have difficulty getting published. Some want universities to allow them to count journalism as research. This, however, is inappropriate, mainly because journalistic output is extremely difficult to judge. If journalists want to become academics, they must produce academic research. The recent increase in suitable research journals and improvements in scholarly methods is making the path easier. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Pacific Media Educator SAGE

Publish or Die? The Academic Journalist Must be an Academic

Asia Pacific Media Educator , Volume 25 (1): 5 – Jun 1, 2015

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2015 University of Wollongong, Australia
ISSN
1326-365X
eISSN
2321-5410
DOI
10.1177/1326365X15575567
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Abstract

Journalists who decide to take up university posts mid-career, struggle to establish themselves against scholars half their age with no field experience. Being asked to publish academic research—far removed in style and content from their own extensive writing background—to prove their worth seems to be an exercise in futility: they are there to teach professional skills, which their academic colleagues cannot do, and this brings kudos to the university. When they do produce scholarly work, they face difficulty in adapting and have difficulty getting published. Some want universities to allow them to count journalism as research. This, however, is inappropriate, mainly because journalistic output is extremely difficult to judge. If journalists want to become academics, they must produce academic research. The recent increase in suitable research journals and improvements in scholarly methods is making the path easier.

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Asia Pacific Media EducatorSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 2015

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