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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 2012 Update

Making slow but steady progress the journal published its third article in October, Learning in Both Worlds, a exemplary piece of journalism by Deakin University scholar Lisa Waller.

And in other good news, Pacific Journalism Review has firmed up it’s commitment to supporting the development of practice-based academic journalism with the appointment of  well respected investigative journalist Professor Wendy Bacon as editor of its Frontline section.

In taking up the role, Wendy penned an excellent article on the emergence of practice-led academic journalism that is available online here.

We expect to publish a couple more articles by early next year.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss a submission,

Best regards,



July 2012 Update

Earlier this year Research Journalism’s second article was published. It is an investigation of the politics behind the introduction of Genetically Modified crops into Western Australia and an accompanying exegesis. The work was produced Lisa Roth who won the Sally A. White Prize for Investigative Journalism in the 2011 Ossie Awards for Student Journalism for her series of articles. It is available online here.

We also get regular stats updates from the folks who host the journal and both published articles are ticking away nicely in terms of full text downloads. In June 2012 the Narrogin article had 48 (including several from New York) and the GM article 32, bringing our total to 1371.

We have had a couple of submissions that, after discussion, were rejected because they were studies of journalism, not studies using journalism as a methodology, and we have had a couple of good discussions with people who are working on articles with an eye to submitting them soon.

Other great news in this field is that Pacific Journalism Review is now also publishing articles written using journalism as a methodology in a special section called ‘From the Frontline’.

I would recommend that anyone interested in submitting a piece to RJ read these two articles: Blood Money and Sulphate Sunrise to see how the journalism and exegeses work together.

There have also been a few rounds of conversation this year about the problems with university ethics committees and journalism research and there are a couple of research projects underway, at UTS and ECU, that are nudging this old chestnut along. I expect we’ll hear more about their findings at the 2012 JEAA Conference.

In the meantime there has never been a better time for journalism academics to tuck into doing some real journalism, and if you would like to have a chat about getting that work academically published through Research Journalism and counted towards ERA then contact me.

On a more somber note, it is necessary to note the sad loss of one of our editorial board members. Associate Professor Anne Dunn broadcaster, scholar, mentor, friend and colleague passed away earlier this month. Her support of this project will always be appreciated.

Best regards,


MediaShift Article about Research Journalism

Many thanks to Julie Posetti from the University of Canberra for writing this article for MediaShift about Research Journalism.

Please read, comment, share via your professional and social online networks and help spread the discussion – there’s quite a bit of interest internationally in the initiative, and that’s a good thing as we try to kick the debate along in Australia about the concept of professional journalism AS research.

Jan 2011 Update

While I have had many inquiries about articles people have thought of writing for the journal they have mostly been suggestions about articles that are really commentary on media practice, rather than being articles that use journalism as a methodology to explore something other than journalism itself. As this is the feature that distinguishes this journal from other academic journals, such as the Australian Journalism Review and the Pacific Journalism Review, I have declined and am still waiting for more appropriate contributions.

In June 2010 I visited several Australian universities to discuss the journal and found myself discussing confusion about ethics committees and the ERA process. This prompted me to explore the problems associated with getting journalism research through ethics committees, and I have written an article on the topic that will hopefully be published in 2011.

Presenting about the journal at the Journalism Educators Association of Australia Conference in Sydney in November and at the Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology Conference in Auckland in December was rewarding and yielded expressions of interest from a wide range of journalists and journalism academics, so hopefully more will be happening in this space soon.

Kayt Davies.

Narrogin follow-up

The Narrogin article published by Research Journalism and Crikey caught the eye of the producers of SBS’s Living Black program and they made this program about the situation in the town. The article is also being used by the Department of Indigenous Affairs’ new officer in Narrogin as a talking point for group discussions aimed at healing the rifts in the town’s community.

The real journal website is now up

The Narrogin Feuding Families article is now up on the new journal site, with all of its references and its exegesis, so click through to see how the journal presents papers.

The content management system that the new journal is running on is Berkley University’s BePress Digital Commons system. It’s smooth and elegant and custom built for academic journal publishing. It’s cool features include nice mechanisms for managing peer reviews and for keeping track of submissions. The URL of the journal website is

Over the next few days we’ll be finalising the policies text on the journal site, so in the meantime keep reading the writers’ guidelines from this site and ask questions if you see any discrepancies or anything confusing.

Now that the journal site is up, we are able to take submissions. All new Research Journalism writers need to do is go to the journal site and click the Submit Article link from the right hand menu. It will ask you to create an account and then to follow a series of prompts. Once your article is submitted, the sytem will notify the editor and it will roll from there.

If you are hoping parts of your academic article will be published in mainstream media, or if it needs a fast turn-around, please make that clear in the accompanying letter that it will ask you for. Articles can be published on the Research Journalism site as soon as they are clear of the peer review process.