AEJMC Newspaper & Online News Division The academic-professional "chasm"
jrussial at uoregon.edu
Sun Jun 24 23:29:50 CDT 2012
There are quite a few of us out here who do and publish research that
is heavily professional in focus and topical, and we try to write in
English. The fact that the stuff we publish often has some statistical
analysis doesn't have to be a barrier, which some folks seem to think
it is. Many reporters have, or should have, a basic familiarity with
statistical concepts (Remember Phil Meyer and Precision Journalism?),
and that's often all you need to understand a good bit of the research
published. Even if you're not comfortable with statistical concepts,
if we do our job well and write clearly, it should be fairly
accessible to journalists as well as academics.
Former longtime journalist, current longtime academic.
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