By KAYMOLLY MORRELLE
How do we find out who is researching close to our own field or topic? Word of mouth? Pure chance? At conferences — if you’re there.
New research in journalism, media and communications is starting up all the time. The researchers could be a state away, a town away, a faculty or a building away — we don’t always know. They may not know you’re there either.
By the time papers come out, the opportunity to get in touch to share ideas, let alone support each other or collaborate, is lost.
What if a collection of profiles of current researchers in our field and region was easily accessible? As simple as a ‘Who, What, Where?’ with current research areas and contact information?
I’m considering setting up such a blog to support researchers and prospective researchers in this field and in our region. As a fledgling researcher, a grad student in J-School, I know it would have helped me when I was first settling on my research topic.
Now my research is underway, it could still be useful — going by the serendipitous tips that come my way from generous academics and research students suggesting great references and other angles or viewpoints.
I envisage a site that is fairly informal – I’m not starting a journal – just brief, interview-based or form-based profile posts, sharing information we want to put in. I see it as a place to widen the dialogue in our region between journalism, media and communications researchers. We can’t all be at the conferences, not in a region as big as ours.
It’s a way to open up the silos’ windows, to let each other know what we are doing and facilitate peer support for our research.
Perhaps this already exists? I’m willing to put it together if not. Let me know what you think. I welcome your comments.
Best wishes for your own research,
Master of Journalism research student, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University, Caulfield, Australia.