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July 2012 Update

July 17, 2012

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,

Kayt.

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