You are preparing for a profession that will challenge your resourcefulness in many different ways. Understanding how to navigate and leverage the world of research and academic studies can give you a real advantage in a competitive environment where so much information is superficial, repurposed or mere opinion.
We strongly recommend that you begin by reading our short primer: “Introduction to Studies and Academic Research: How It Works and Why Journalists Should Care.”
You should also become familiar with the basic vocabulary of quantitative research by reviewing this brief document: “Statistical Terms Used in Research Studies; a Primer for Journalists.”
Journalist’s Resource has the tools to help you develop your analytical skills, learn to cut through jargon, and zero in on striking facts and bigger stories. Establishing and promoting the concept of “knowledge-based reporting” animates our project.
There are two main categories of material relevant to journalists in training:
|Search our database for background or story ideas. You’ll find academic materials from universities and nonpartisan research organizations.|
|Reference articles on core skills such as writing, reporting, interpreting data, style, and the foundations of journalism.|
The studies can serve as a great source for ideas as well as furnish vital background and context for reported stories and class projects.